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Streaming Video (Faculty and Staff)

Streaming Video Requests

 

Faculty and staff: if you would like to make a film available for a class or student activity, please see the options and information below. 

Available Streaming Videos:

We currently make available over 100,000 films, documentaries, etc. that can be streamed on and off-campus and do not require separate costs and licensing. If you are interested in a specific film or documentary, please check the Library Catalog (search using the "Material Type" -- "Video/Film") for availability.  Need help searching the Catalog or using database features? Please contact your consulting librarian or Randye Jones (jonesran@grinnell.edu).

Need additional Streaming Videos?

In addition, we use a variety of vendors for films and documentaries that are not otherwise available--but these do require licensing. If you cannot find a streaming version of the film you need in the Library Catalog, please contact Kevin Engel (engelk@grinnell.edu). You do not have to do any additional searching. NOTE: Films from Netflix and Amazon Prime cannot be licensed for academic use.

Putting Films on Reserve:

In the Catalog, you will see that we also have thousands of films as DVDs or Blu-Ray. Those physical discs can be placed on reserve for class use. Questions about DVDs, Blu-Ray, and related information? Please contact Randye Jones (jonesran@grinnell.edu).

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You may also want to check out these sources (that don't require licensing):

Academic Video Online

A comprehensive streaming video service through ProQuest's Alexander Street platform, with over 73,000 titles representing a wide range of academic subject areas. Includes documentaries, news programs and newsreels, interviews, feature films, music and dance performances, training videos, and more.

Docuseek

A streaming video service for independent documentary films from noteworthy distributors, with over 2,000 titles available.

Films on Demand: Master Academic Collection

Streaming video for 44,000+ full-length films, plus video clips, in subject areas including anthropology, art & architecture, communications, education, English & language arts, history, music, philosophy & religion, political science, psychology, sociology, and world languages.
 
 
Streaming video collection featuring thousands of film clips, newsreels, political speeches and debates, and television news coverage of a wide range of notable events from the early 20th century to the present. Includes material from the Big Picture, FedFlix, the Prelinger Archives, This Day in History, United News, Universal Newsreels, and the WPA Film Library.
 
 
In collaboration with the National Theatre of Great Britain, this collection features streaming video of stage productions as well as archival materials and documents.
 

Naxos Video Library

Fully searchable streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts, and documentaries. Includes nearly 2,000 customizable full-length videos with subtitles available in multiple languages.

World Cinema Collection

Streaming video collection featuring the best of silent-era films, masterpieces from the mid-20th century, and contemporary films from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North America. The collection covers the history of cinema while also providing a glimpse into the issues faced by cultures around the globe. Part of Films on Demand.

Internet Archive Feature Films

Feature films from many countries whose copyright protection is believed to have expired. Available for streaming or download.

 
In addition, we use a range of vendors for other films and documentaries not available above.  For use of these vendors, please contact Kevin Engel (engelk@grinnell.edu).  Films from these vendors require licensing.  These vendors include: