Some distributors’ streaming video may not be accessible outside the U.S. Please inquire directly with the distributor. Contact us for rental information and assistance.
The Library cannot fund individual streaming title rentals. Faculty may use course support, or seek funding through your school. Contact Amy Basen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help arranging rentals. Some distributors prefer to deal with only one person per campus. Most streaming rentals are provided through a unique private Vimeo link and password, for a specific duration.
Video Data Bank
Offers some streaming title rentals. Contact us if there is a VDB title you are interested in. Currently the Library does not have the infrastructure for digital site licenses.
MUBI curates streaming titles that change every month, and some titles are available for only a day. A title will not be available for the entire semester.
YouTube has a large collection of videos licensed under one of the Creative Commons licenses or the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication. Note that many videos on YouTube are under copyright and have not been licensed under any open license.
Vimeo has a large collection of videos licensed under one of the Creative Commons licenses or the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication. Note that many videos on Vimeo are under copyright and have not been licensed under any open license.
Amazon, Criterion Channel, Hulu, Netflix, etc.
These services offer current films for sale or rent through personal accounts. Libraries are not allowed to license any of their content, nor do they grant rights for institutional or educational use.
When you sign up for an account with one of these vendors, the license you agree to is for personal viewing only, and supersedes copyright and educational fair use. The only legal option for access to these films is to have students rent the films themselves, similar to buying a textbook.
Check the website Just Watch to discover which commercial vendor(s) might be offering streaming access to this type of media.