The Libraries provides over 100,000 streaming titles, in addition to about 15,000 physical films here are options for identifying titles in the collections.
DVDs, VHS, and other physical format film and video can be located using:
Streaming video can be located using:
Additional note: The Special Collections Research Center (including the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive and University Archives) holds extensive historical and archival media resources in a wide variety of formats.
Not able to find a title you need?
What if the Libraries can't license a streaming video or film you want online? Options include:
Kaltura is provided by Information Technology Services and can host streaming files in a secure manner when directly embedded in Blackboard. However, if you are considering using Kaltura in this manner, it does not change the underlying copyright issues or automatically mean entire films can be legally be digitized. Regardless or platform, converting entire films most likely falls outside Fair Use. Use of media for distance education purposes also means the TEACH Act must be considered and adhered to.
The Libraries use Kaltura as a hosting platform when we digitize films from our collections for streaming in courses. See Does the Libraries Digitize Films in its Collections for Course Use? for more information about this process and to initiate a request.
For more information on Kaltura, see
Streaming films are among the most difficult online course materials for the Libraries to procure. Securing streaming rights is sometimes not possible! However, the Libraries will do all we can to verify if a commercially available streaming version (institutional or personal) is available.
Streaming films also take considerable time to procure, as most films must be licensed individually, and there are several different business models we need to work with depending upon whom the distributor is. As a result, plan on films taking several weeks from request to full availability if licensing is possible.
If converting a film to a streaming format is determined by the libraries to be the only option for course access and fair use does not apply, then the TEACH Act must be observed. Restrictions on how much of the film can be digitized for use and how it is distributed must be met.
Bottom line: Don't be afraid to assign films for your course, but also don't be cavalier about copyright. And allow sufficient time for the Libraries to work through all necessary steps to secure you a copy of a film that can be legally streamed. Current recommended time is to allow at least one month from request to availability, though individual films may take longer, depending upon circumstances.