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Video Resources at Vassar Library

Streaming Services

We offer:

  • Purchase of all campus streaming licenses from distributors. 
  • Access to titles on licensed streaming databases including Kanopy, Swank, Films Media Group, and Docuseek. 
  • Digitization of library-owned films with access through Moodle course sites.

Terms of library digitizing services:  

  • Only for library-owned materials
  • Only for films taught in a course, upon request of the instructor 
  • Only when film license does not prohibit streaming

How to request streaming:  

Start in the library catalog: search for the film by title

  • If the library owns the DVD
  • If  the library catalog links to streaming access
    • Fill out a Reserves Video Streaming Request Form, including dates required. This is necessary because many titles are licensed for limited durations, and we need to ensure that the lease doesn't expire during your course.
  • If the library does not own the DVD or have a current streaming link available via the catalog

For each request, the library will research streaming rights to determine whether we can legally provide a streamed version. If we can proceed with streaming, films will be made available through your Moodle site and you will receive an email notification.  

In the event that we are not legally able to provide a streamed version, we will place the DVD on Reserve for your course, and you will receive an email notification.

What's included in the streamed version:

  • When available, English subtitles will be streamed for foreign language films.  If you do not want subtitles included, please make a note in the request form.
  • Bonus features are not streamed unless you request them in the comments field of the Reserves Video Streaming Request Form.

Turn around time:  
Streaming requests are processed in the order in which they're received.  Investigation of streaming rights and digitization of the film may take anywhere from 1 day to 4 weeks, depending on the access and the volume of requests.

Support / More Information: 

Please contact Gretchen Lieb, Film and Video Librarian, with any questions about the Library's video collection and streaming access, or if you have difficulty with a streaming link in the Library catalog.

If you have difficulty with a streaming link on Moodle, Please contact Steve Taylor, Director of Academic Computing Services.