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Syracuse University Libraries

Film and Video Guide

A guide to identifying, locating, and viewing video collections.

Using Film and Video: Important Considerations

This research guide provides tips, tools, and techniques for finding videos, creating clips and playlists, and linking to videos for use in a variety of educational uses, including showing films in classrooms or other settings, embedding within online courses, or using as part of student projects. Syracuse University Libraries offer a wide variety of video and film resources, including DVDs, streaming films and documentaries, and important historical recordings located in our Special Collections Research Center. Working with film and video can sometimes be more complicated than working with other media, as issues such as copyright, public performance rights, media formats, and accessibility often come into play. This guide will help you navigate some of the challenges of using film and video in support of teaching, learning, and research across Syracuse University. If you have any questions about film or movie resources, or about any of the information contained in this guide, please reach out to Online Learning Librarian John Stawarz (  

Finding film and video

Streaming video collections: Visit SU Libraries’ databases A-Z page or explore freely available resources

DVDs and other physical formats:  Search SU Libraries’ catalog to see if the title is in SU Libraries collection on DVD or in another format. 

Not able to find it? Please contact a subject librarian or submit a request via the Suggest a Title form.

Please also see information about Kaltura offered through Information Technology Services.

Placing films on reserve

Please see updated information about SU Libraries' hours and services, including reserves, on the Libraries on Pause page.

Where to watch

Please see updated information about SU Libraries' hours and services on the Libraries on Pause page.

Showing videos in class

Please see updated information about SU Libraries hours and services on the Libraries on Pause page.

To find out what equipment is in which rooms, look at Classroom Resources or telephone: 315-443-4001

All Registrar’s classrooms have a  Blu-Ray/DVD player.  Blu-Ray players are able to play DVDs, but DVD players do not play Blu-Ray. Some rooms may still have VHS players, but these will be removed as rooms are updated.

Instructions for use of technology in classrooms are on the DVD, Blu-Ray, and VCR Instructions page.

Equipment for loan:

  • ITS Learning Environments and Media Production (LEMP) offers Classroom Equipment Loan including a DVD/VHS player that can be connected via HDMI cable, for faculty or staff to borrow (student borrowing requires faculty/staff supporting email).
  • Bird Library has a VHS player and a portable Blu Ray/DVD external drive available for borrowing from the 1st floor desk. An external Blu Ray/DVD drive can also be borrowed from Carnegie Library.
  • Please also check with tech support within each school/college.


Please contact Online Instruction Librarian John Stawarz, 315.443.978 with any additional questions.

If you have video suggestions for SU Libraries collections please let us know via this form or email to