Beyond Video is a volunteer-run home-video library based in Baltimore. We are located at 2545 N. Howard Street. Our current public hours are every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 3-9pm. Our inventory is crowdsourced by disc donations.
Beyond Video is owned and operated by the Baltimore Video Collective. The BVC is dedicated to the continued growth and circulation of a world-class home-video collection representing cinema of all eras, regions, and genres on the DVD, blu-ray, and VHS formats. So far we’ve built a library of 20,000 movies and counting, one donation at a time!
Since the prevalence of streaming services and video on demand have changed the economics of physical media and closed the overwhelming majority of video stores across the country, we have reinvented the video store under a more sustainable model: a non-profit, volunteer-based community video library.
We view physical home video and the culture surrounding it as pivotal to our community’s access to film history. We also see Beyond Video as a community resource that encourages and amplifies the open-minded exchange of ideas, awareness of different cultures and perspectives, and the fueling of creativity in Baltimore and the surrounding region.
After several years of planning, we opened our doors to the public in 2018 with just under 9,000 titles. Despite COVID, the sale of our building, and other challenges, we’re going stronger than ever today, with over 20,000 titles and a robust membership-support group.
Our collection is crowd-sourced, and we depend on donations of DVDs and blu-rays to continue building our back-catalog. For more information on donations of discs or funds, please click on our Donation tab.
Click on the FAQ tab above for more detailed information on memberships, our collection and policies, volunteering at Beyond Video, how to start a non-profit video library in your area, and much more!
Or: come visit us during our public hours of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 3-9pm (hours currently compressed due to COVID-safety precautions). We’re located at 2545 N. Howard Street in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore, next to The Ottobar.
The Baltimore Video Collective operates as a non-profit organization under fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas.