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Streaming Media

Discover and access library-supported streaming media

Details about the Request Process

The Libraries welcome faculty requests for streaming media to support coursework and instructional use.
  • Students, faculty, and staff can often find a suitable streaming video or audio file in the Libraries' existing streaming media collections. For example, Kanopy contains thousands of films which are available to you immediately. Please see other sections of this LibGuide for more details about finding and using our existing collections.
  • Read the guidelines below prior to placing a purchase request. At present, the process of licensing, acquiring, and providing access for streaming media generally presents greater challenges than does the same process for traditional physical formats such as DVDs. 
  • Please provide us with ample lead time, as it is hard to fulfill requests made on short notice.
  • For additional information, consult the Subject Librarian who liaises with your academic department.

Streaming media acquired for Course Reserves/Moodle may be delivered as a URL or as a digital file, and your librarian liaison will provide additional details upon delivery.  

Guidelines & Faculty Purchase Requests

Before submitting a Faculty Purchase Request below, please refer to the following guidelines:


  • Works that you might see in film festivals and screenings are not available for purchase with institutional licensing or public performance rights, as those venues are meant to find distribution to the commercial market.

  • Current documentary and commercial content, whether seen on television, in theaters or through streaming sites like HBO, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and Hulu, are not available for purchase with institutional licensing or public performance rights.

  • Many students may already have memberships to sites like Hulu, Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Video.  If a work is available through these platforms, please discuss these options with your students.

Cost and License Terms

  • Streaming rights are expensive; please limit your requests to media that is required coursework.  

  • Media found on YouTube will not comply with terms of copyright usage and security standards.

  • Most streaming video is leased content.

  • It is not always possible to acquire permissions or licenses for every streaming media request.


  • Streaming media is generally delivered as a direct URL or a digital file.

  • Faculty will receive an email with relevant instructions when streaming media is available for use.


  • It is legal to show a complete film during regular class time where only enrolled students and the instructor are present, if you possess a lawful copy of the film.

  • Copyright for streaming media can be complex and detailed.  

  • For more information on these guidelines and policies, please refer to the Copyright and Fair Use for Faculty Libguide.


  • If you require assistance finding relevant media for your subject area, contact your Subject Librarian.

  • For assistance with Panopto or Moodle, please contact the Faculty Center for Professional Excellence (FCPE).

Submitting Requests

Before submitting requests, please consider the following information:

  • When and where do you expect to use the work?

  • How long you expect to use the work, i.e. one semester or every year?

  • Does more than one faculty member plan to use the work?

Copyright information for Streaming Videos can be found on the University Libraries' Copyright and Fair Use for Faculty LibGuide.

Faculty Request for Streaming Media Form