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Library Streaming Video Collections

Before you request a purchase...

Please start by searching the library's subscription collections for content already licensed by the library. If you have a particular title in mind that we don't have access to, or simply cannot find any content on the topic you are searching for, we can help.

Before you start searching through our on-demand collections, consider requesting help from a librarian. We are happy to assist you with identifying curriculum-aligned video, and can facilitate the acquisition of new content on your behalf if needed.

New as of January 2020

A mediated access model is now in place for new Kanopy leases, and the renewal of existing leases. We will still support faculty in providing access to certain titles for academic course use.

Learn more about recently policy changes around Kanopy acquisitions by reading this FAQ.

Introduction to On-Demand Video

The Library has limited funds available to acquire curriculum-aligned streaming videos that we don't currently have access to. In certain cases the library can buy the rights to a film directly from the publisher, but more often, we are able to lease a title from a partner vendor such as Kanopy, Alexander Street Press, SWANK, or Films Media Group.

Most of our partner vendors operate on an annual leasing model. After a lease expires, the library loses access to the film unless we renew the lease. If the library leases a video on your behalf, it will be your responsibility to follow up with us annually to request renewal (if the video is still needed). 

On-demand streaming video requests must be made by Berkeley College faculty members, for academic course use only. Students are encouraged to use the library's extensive licensed collections. Faculty members may request one video per course per academic year; additional titles will need to be approved in writing by the Department Chair.

On-Demand Vendors

Swank Digital Campus provides onsite and online streaming access to feature films for educational use. 

Kanopy is a streaming video service offering documentaries and feature films. Learn more about recently policy changes around Kanopy acquisitions by reading this FAQ.

Alexander Street provides discipline-focused, primary-source streaming video for learning and research.

Films Media Group is a streaming video service offering content across a variety of disciplines.