Whistling Woods Library was established in the year 2006 with a donation of approximately 1500 books, DVD and Video Cassettes by the Founder-Chariman Mr. Subhash Ghai. The library is situated in the fourth floor of main building of institute.

  • To strengthen education, training, creativity, research, documentation, dissemination, across disciplines in the field of film and television.
  • To provide an online archive and database on Indian and international cinema.
  • To act as a resource center of WWI.
  • To set up a digital library of Indian and international films, including foreign language films.

9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

Collection: The collection has been developed to support the skills areas required by film, TV, Animation and broadcasting professionals, including:

  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Production design
  • Fashion Design
  • New media
  • Radio
  • Screen composition
  • Film studies
  • Screenwriting
  • Indian Cinema
  • Sound
  • Animation
  • Acting
  • Lighting
  • Television
  • Graphic design
  • Video graphics
  • Digital video
  • Photography
  • Paintings

The Library also has general and reference books covering the followings

  • History
  • Biography
  • Fictions, short stories, novels (in English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali and Oriya)
  • Drama, one act plays, monologues
  • Directories, dictionaries, encyclopaedia,
  • Computer science
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Management

DVDs and Other Media Formats: The collection contains over 7,500 feature films, documentaries, television programs and short films on DVD, CD, VHS, and Laser Disk, which include many rare films. Television programs are catalogued and integrated into the library's collections. Copies of WWIL produced training programs and student films since the inception of the school, are held in the library.

Books and Reports: There are over 8,000 books and reports relating to filmmaking, television and radio production. Copies of WWIL training and research publications are held in the library.

Scripts: There is an extensive collection of film and television scripts (both soft and hard formats) including many, which are unpublished. The latter are stored separately, but are listed in the catalogue and may be read in the library.

Journals: Over 25 journal titles are held focusing on film, television and new media. Popular titles include Creative Screenwriting, Sight and Sound, American Cinematographer, Film Comment, British Journal of Photography, Animation Journal and Cinefex. The most recent issue of each title is displayed on the Periodicals shelves which are allowed to only be read in the library. Photocopying facilities are available. The old issue and bound volumes are kept for borrowing.


WWI-Digital LibraryAn Intranet based Digital Portal having E-journals, Question Papers, Film Posters, Film Scripts and Videos of Master Classes, Events, Students Projects.

Library has remote access to E-Resources and Digital Repository of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Online Databases
  • Blackwell Publishing
  • Cambridge University Press
  • EBSCO Business Source Premier
  • Economic and Political Weekly
  • Emerald Management Xtra
  • EPW Research Foundation Online Data Series
  • India Business Insight Database (IBID)
  • Indiastat.com
  • ISID
  • Manupatra
  • Oxford University Press
  • Project Muse
  • Sage Journals Online
  • SpringerLink
  • Taylor and Francis
  • Web of Science
  • Westlaw India
  • APA Psych Articles
  • Online Journals1. Indian Journal of Social Work(IJSW).

    2. J-Gate@E-SudhSindhu
  • EBSCOHOST e-Book Collection
  • Encyclopaedia of Library and Information Science [3rd Ed.]
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
  • Oxford Scholarship Online e-Books Collection
  • Palgrave and MacMillan eBooks
  • Taylor and Francis eBooks
  • Cambridge e-Books Collection
  • EPW Research Foundation Online Data Series
  • TISS Video Lectures
  • Collection Objectives: The WWI Library collects books, pamphlets, periodicals and other printed materials. The purpose of the Library collection is to provide a major resource to meet the widest range of information, research and study needs relating to all aspects of the moving image (film, television - regardless of delivery method - video). The collection aims to be international in scope, but with a particular responsibility to the moving image in the India. Selection gives due consideration to the quality of writing, language and level of treatment. Other criteria include: currency, accuracy, authority, and overlap with other resources. As the collections underpin the full range of activities of the Library, as well as work throughout the Institute, an item's value in fulfilling functions such as enquiry work, providing film graphic detail etc. will be considered in the selection process. All WWI productions should be collected, regardless of subject matter. Materials in all available media (and packs that include a mixture of media) should be collected, subject to hardware availability, and subject to the criteria of other WWI Collections. Materials on broader subjects (e.g. mass media and communications, popular culture, advertising, lifestyle magazines) or related subjects (e.g. radio) will be acquired selectively according to the extent of their coverage of, and/or relevance to, our main subject areas. Exceptions to some of the above criteria may be made where an item offers unique information.