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Library Services for Faculty: Streaming Video


The library provides access to streaming video from two subscription databases. 

We work with Swank and Kanopy to purchase access to films in their catalog.

  • Kanopy - is a "NetFlix" like service streaming many documentaries and feature films.  We use a mediated process for this service.  Search for films you would like to use and then you can request access.  
  • Swank - Provides access to many feature Films.  Contact Jennifer Ulrich for help with feature films.  -

If you want to show a film during class, the DVD option might be the best option.  The library can put DVDs on reserve so they aren't checked out long periods of time.

If you want to assign students to watch a film as an assignment, streaming might be an option.

The cost to stream a film can be anywhere from $120 - $600.


Films on Demand

Includes films from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ABC News, NBC News, BBC, National Geographic, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Bill Moyers, Shopware, The Open University, A&E, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Fred Friendly Seminars, Cambridge Educational, and many more. 

Films on Demand

You can link a film in your Moodle class for students to access by using the "Share" link.

Choose the Embed/Link option and copy the url you want to use.  Make sure the proxy server prefix is there.

There is an embed option but we've had trouble getting it to work properly.  

Films on Demand Share to links


Kanopy is a "Netflix-like" solution for college campuses offering over 26,000 films -- documentaries, feature films and training videos -- from thousands of producers with many new releases launched daily. 
Touching on all topics, featured producers in Kanopy's collection include Criterion Collection, PBS, HBO, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, First Run Features, BBC, New Day Films, and many more. Films can be watched from anywhere, anytime by all staff and students.
Note:  We have moved Kanopy to mediated access.  You may use any of the films we have a license for.  Any new films must be approved by the library staff.  

Academic Videos Online

Delivers over 70,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. 


Swank Digital Campus

The library has contracted with Swank to provide streaming access to feature films. 

Please let the library know if you have a feature film you want students to view as part of a class assignment. Please note that not all feature films are available.  Often original content from streaming services like Netflix is not available. 

We can check to see if it is available and request access.  Please give us 3 business days to request films before they are available for use.

The following films are available 

  • Divergent
  • Girl with the pearl earring 
  • Iron Jaw Angels
  • Lincoln
  • Selma
  • The Matrix
  • Vatel