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Swank Digital Campus provides access to new and classic Hollywood films, documentaries, and TV series from major studios. Support and technical requirements for using Swank can be found here.


Kanopy offers thousands of independent films, world cinema, documentaries, and TV series from distributors including PBS, the Criterion Collection, and Media Education Foundation. Support and technical requirements for using Kanopy can be found here.

The library has access to thousands of streaming Hollywood and independent feature films, documentaries, and TV series through a variety of online platforms which can be accessed on and off campus. Streaming video services have replaced the library’s cable channel broadcasts as of 2016, and can be utilized to make films more accessible to students for course-assignments.

For a complete list of video streaming platforms the library licenses, see the library’s database page and filter by “film and video”.

Request Streaming Movies for a Course

  • Faculty may request streaming movies through the course reserves form, or by contacting the Cinematic Arts Librarian, Molly Fair
  • If we do not currently have access to a film through one of our streaming platforms, we will try to locate a distributor or copyright holder to obtain a digital license to stream the film legally. Please note, this may not be possible for all titles.
  • Ideally requests should be made at least 2 weeks prior to your screening date or assignment date. Please note, it takes time to locate and contact distributors, and for the content to be uploaded to a server. If the film is available, you will receive notification.
  • Copyright law does not permit us to digitize an entire film without permission from the rights holder, but digitizing reasonable and limited portions is permissible under certain circumstances including the purposes of teaching or instruction. The Technology Learning Center (TLC) can assist with digitizing and creating video clips for courses.