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Information about University Libraries resources for instructional use in the classroom, online courses, and Blackboard

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Streaming Video and Audio

Streaming videos purchased by University Libraries are licensed content and are limited to current authorized WSU students, faculty, and staff.  Purchased and licensed videos can be used in Blackboard, syllabi, documents, and other webpages. These videos include:

  • Thousands of streaming videos available via two multidisciplinary databases:
    • Academic Video Online   
      One of most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries with over 70,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. Now includes the Film Platform collection with more than 500 high-demand documentaries curated for academic audiences such as RBG, An Inconvenient Sequel, and Human NatureMore than 14,000 titles are exclusive to Alexander Street which also produces many of the subject-specific streaming video collections listed in the title and subject tabs at the top. An even more comprehensive listing  of these subject collections -- also called channels -- is found in AVON here
    • Films on Demand 
      One of most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. Offers a large variety of curriculum-focused, streaming video titles from producers such as Films for the Humanities and Sciences, PBS, A&E, History, ABCNews, BBC, NBC News, Shopware, Biography, National Geographic and others.

  • Individual videos that are purchased and made accessible via two streaming video platforms:
    • Kanopy  
      University Libraries purchases 1 or 3 year licenses to stream films from Kanopy, a streaming video platform with more than 8,000 films including titles from the Criterion Collection, California Newsreel, PBS, the BBC, and a range of independent film and documentary production companies.
    • Swank Digital Campus  
      University Libraries purchases 1-year licenses to stream films from Swank, a streaming video platform with more than 25,000  films, documentaries and TV shows.

In addition, the Libraries provides access to many other licensed collections that are listed under the By Title and By Subject tabs at the top. Many of these collections are provided by Alexander Street Press, the producer of Academic Video Online.

















Few feature film distributors offer streaming rights for films that faculty want to use for instruction. Without permission from the copyright holder, duplicating a film from a DVD is usually a violation of copyright law. Below are links to some licensed and free resources that provide access to feature films including Swank Digital Campus -- a major source of feature films for libraries. The library can add individual films to our subscription for a fee. If available on Swank, faculty can request that a film needed for classroom use be added to the library's subscription. 

There are a number of open access Internet sites that link to streaming videos. These sites may host content or merely point to content hosted elsewhere. Advertising supports some of these sites. Some sites are the official sites of producers, distributors, etc. Content can change or be removed without notice.

Streaming Guides

These guides allow you to identify which commercial pay-per-view services provide access to a particular film or TV show at any given time. They also provide a way to compare pricing.

Pay-Per-View Services
Most of these services offers subscriptions as well as the rental and purchase of individual films. An exception is Netflix which is solely subscription-based.

For links to other resources for listening online, go to the library guide for Music Audio and Video at

The Kansas State Library provides free access to CloudLibrary, a source of fiction and popular nonfiction eAudiobooks and eBooks. These eAudiobooks are available to Kansas residents with a Kansas Library eCard. (Kansas Library eCards can be obtained from any library in Kansas. (For instructions on how to get an eCard at University Libraries, see our Community User Services Guide.)


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