About C-SPAN Video Library

The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives. More Info

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Health Care Debate in Congressional Chronicle

November 24, 2009

Both the House and the Senate have engaged in long weekend debates on health care. You can review these and all House and Senate debates by using the Congressional Chronicle. The House debated all day on Saturday, November 7 and the Senate on Friday and Saturday, November 20th and 21st. Each speaker is indexed by name and you can listen to the individual speech and read the remarks as submitted for the Congressional Record.

214 different House Members and 46 Senators spoke on the Saturdays that the House and Senate were in session. Continue to follow the congressional debate on health care by using the Congressional Chronicle.

Robert Byrd Becomes Longest Serving Member of Congress

November 18, 2009

On November 18 became the longest serving Member of Congress having served in the House since 1953 and the Senate since 1958. The Video Library is replete with many appearances of Robert Byrd who was the Senate Majority Leader when the Archives began in 1987.

Every person appearing on C-SPAN has a “bio” page that allows you to quickly see all of their appearances. Just enter Byrd in the search box and then click on Senator Byrd’s picture to see his bio page or just click here Robert C. Byrd Bio Page Byrd’s bio page shows 720 appearances in C-SPAN programs and an additional 861 Senate floor appearances. Clicking on any of these numbers will take you to a summary of the programs and allow you to view them and play the video. For Members of Congress, the bio page also shows the committee assignments of the Member.

As the floor numbers indicate, Senator Byrd was an active speaker on the Senate floor. These can all be found by clicking on floor appearances on the bio page.

Airing Details added to Video Library

November 10, 2009

The program detail page of each entry in the Video Library now includes all past and future airing information for C-SPAN programs. This was a feature of the previous version of the Video Library and something that a number of users have asked about. To find this information for any Program, expand the “Details” tab on the program detail page and click on “Show” next to “Airing Details”. All the airings and the network will be displayed. The airing in bold is the one that the Video Library plays. The Video Library staff continues to work on new features to further enhance the usability of the Video Library based on your comments.

Calendar Added to Schedule and Search Results

November 2, 2009

The C-SPAN schedule page and search page now have a calendar feature that allows you to jump to any day or year. This feature has been requested by many users and should make the navigation across the many days of the Video Library much easier. Once you complete a search you can refine it by changing the date range of the search using the calendar on the left nav bar. On the schedule page, you can now review the program schedule for any of the twenty-two years that the Video Library contains. You will also find that we have a text view of the schedule at the top of the schedule page to allow you to create a quick one page view of our program day.

Our programmers are busy at work on further refinements based on your comments and you will see these in the coming weeks.

New Browse Feature Allows Easy Access to Programs

The new browse page feature has now been released. Many users have asked to have easy access to program formats and the popular programs series that C-SPAN has aired. This page brings back many of the elements of the old Video Library front page. You can find all Washington Journal, BookTV, and Road to the White House programs by an easy one click. Under program format, you can easily browse House and Senate Committees, White House Events, news conferences, Call-Ins, and every other C-SPAN program format. A date calendar is included to let you jump to any program date that you want. The policy filter at the bottom allows you to quickly change the range of programs that you see by policy type. Programs are grouped by most recent, most popular, and even by those being watched now. Try this new feature and let us know what you think. We continue to develop the Video Library and future releases will add other requested features.