The Library currently provides access to over 120,000 streaming videos, including feature films, documentaries, recorded performances, and much more. We encourage faculty to review these resources to see if currently available content will meet their curricular needs.
Find Streaming Videos
The Library currently subscribes to numerous streaming video databases. Subscribing to streaming video collections is far more cost effective than purchasing licenses for individual films. Some of the most popular streaming video collections include:
- Academic Video Online – over 70,000 films covering a wide range of formats: documentaries (PBS, Film Platform, etc.), feature films (Sony Pictures Classics), news programs (BBC, CBS, CNN, etc.), performances, and much more.
- Docuseek2 Complete – over 2,000 independent documentary films
- Films on Demand – over 45,000 films from producers such as HBO, National Geographic, ABC, A&E, and more
- Fox Feature Films for Education – over 600 feature films
These following 2 platforms are used to purchase individual film licenses, primarily feature films. For both, the full catalog is not accessible for streaming, but you can see if a film has already been licensed or else if it is available in streaming and then request we license it for curricular use.
You can search for streaming video by keyword, title, subject or author (in the case of films, authors include the producer, director, and actors). You can also limit to only the streaming videos available from The Claremont Colleges Library after you do a search, using the filters on the left side of the results page.
If you do not find the streaming film you wish to assign for a course in the Library collection already, you may request an individual title using the Suggest a Library Purchase form. Please keep in mind the following limitations in what the Library is able to do to support streaming videos:
- Not all films are available for us to purchase or license as a streaming video for educational use.
- Most films that are available in streaming format are only available for temporary licensing (1-3 years); it costs approximately $150 – $350 to license a single film.
- A cost for perpetual streaming rights is typically $600 – $800 per film.
- In order to ensure equitable distribution of streaming videos across departments and colleges, we are limiting each faculty member to 5 new streaming videos per semester (some exceptions may apply).
- Amazon Prime, Hulu, Criterion Channel, and other popular streaming video platforms do not offer educational licenses for feature films, documentaries, or their original content. They are limited to personal accounts and not intended for classroom screenings.
- Netflix is the only exception. They offer a limited number of documentaries and programs for one-time educational use in the classroom (but you must have a personal Netflix account to access). Find out more about this service on Netflix’s website.
We will do our best to support the curricular needs of all 7C faculty as they relate to streaming video.
Due to copyright and licensing restrictions the Library does not copy/rip and then stream films that are only available on DVD or VHS tape. Instead we will attempt to acquire streaming rights for a film (see section on Educational Licenses below).
The Library currently acquires streaming videos primarily by licensing content, but sometimes through one time purchase where we obtain perpetual access. There are a variety of license types:
- Licensing of curated database content, paying a yearly subscription. (e.g.: Academic Video Online)
- Licensing individual titles at the request of faculty for a course from a distributor or vendor. (e.g., Women Make Movies, Kanopy, Swank)
- Individual films are typically licensed for a one-year, three-year, or a five-year period, and must be requested again to renew access when a license expires.
- Sometimes we must purchase the DVD to obtain streaming rights.
- The library will acquire a perpetual license whenever available.