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Unlike other research and lending facilities, the University Library doesn't just loan out movies — it stars in them. Its location puts it in close proximity to studios in Hollywood and Burbank, and the sweeping grand staircase and colossal towers make it a repeat contender for film and television appearances.

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The University Library's filmography is versatile, ranging from fluffy romantic comedies like "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" to action-packed sci-fi flicks. It has played host to Hollywood heavyweights such as Robert DeNiro and Sean Penn.

The highly photogenic building is also a prime candidate for movie magic. Add a shot of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Library becomes the revered Star Fleet Academy in the recent "Star Trek" movie. Suspend it above clouds and airdrop a couple of teenage superheroes, and it becomes an out-of-this-world high school in the Disney family adventure "Sky High."

Do you have a favorite TV series? Most likely the Library has been in it. The facility has made brief appearances in the detective drama "CSI: Las Vegas" and the 2008 remake of "Knight Rider." Some other popular fantasy and sci-fi series it's starred in include "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Roswell," "Star Trek Voyager," "Battlestar Galactica" and the live-action children's show "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."