What Streaming Video is Available from the Library?

Streaming video is everywhere and HPU Libraries offers content on several different platforms! We get a lot of questions about what is available… here are some answers to the most common questions we hear from faculty and staff about our streaming video access:

What streaming video can you access through the library?
HPU Libraries subscribes to two large collections of streaming academic titles.

films-on-demand-logoFilms on Demand from Infobase
HPU Libraries has access to over 31,000 documentaries, educational films and news reels from this resource. All titles found at the link above are available to stream. You can link to or embed individual videos or segments of videos in Blackboard.  Films are from all disciplines, and more titles are added each month.


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This is the newest collection available to HPU, and it includes over 65,000 titles, including every kind of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. This collection is also multidisciplinary, including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.  Some especially exciting sub-collections include 60 Minutes 1997-2014, The BBC Video Collection, Education in Video, and The PBS Video Collection.


What if you have a different film in mind and cannot find a suitable alternative from the above? 
There are other streaming providers we can lease individual titles from if a faculty member needs it for their classes.  These leases usually last one year, after which point, the faculty must request the film to be leased again.   If you are interested in leasing a title, please email Amy Chadwell with your film and how you intend to use the film in class.  At present, HPU Libraries has leased titles from the two providers below.  These are not the only streaming providers, however, so feel free to ask your media librarian to do a title search for your film.

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With Swank Digital Campus,  popular films from many film distributors are available to stream on a title-by-title basis for periods of one year, legally, for colleges.  If you need a large group of students to access a popular film as a main text outside of class-time, we can check to see if  Swank provides it.  Then, you can link directly to the film from Blackboard or wherever you share information with your students. Contact the media librarian for more information.

Kanopy Films
Kanopy’s catalog offers potential access to more than 26,000 documentaries, art house, and indie films.  These are available (like Swank) on a title-by-title basis for periods of one year to colleges.  Like the Swank titles, we lease these when a film is needed by a number of students outside of class time. Contact the media librarian for more information.


What if the film you have in mind is not offered from any of the library’s streaming platforms or the way you intend to use the film does not meet our streaming lease criteria? What other options are there from the library?

  1. First of all, contact Amy Chadwell so she can do a title search to see what your options are.
  2. If your film is not available to stream through an academic channel, we can usually obtain a DVD that you can:
    1. Show during class time.
    2. Request the library put on reserve at the circulation desk so students can check it out for either 4 hours or 1 day.
    3. Request the library’s media department make clips from (no more than 10% of the total film) to be put on a private URL.  We cannot legally make entire films streaming for your class.
    4. Request the library to show to your class in one of the library lecture rooms one evening or weekend.


What about Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other consumer streaming services?

Unfortunately, the library and university cannot subscribe, rent or purchase from these services – these services offer only personal subscription models in their terms and conditions.  There may be instances where students would have to individually rent or purchase a streaming film on one of these services as one of their texts.

Blog post by Amy Chadwell, Media and Digital Resources Librarian