Research Support:Streaming Video for Online Instruction

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Using Streaming Video for Online Instruction
This is for Faculty as we quickly move from in-person classroom instruction to online instruction during campus restrictions Spring 2020. These are temporary measures to address the exigent circumstances. Options may change as we receive more information.

1. Use existing Video Streaming Databases licensed by the Library.  Library Databases.  Login using My Library Account

Open Access Video Streaming Databases:
Free streaming for "Film School" students and faculty. Anyone with a email address can sign up here:
(Available titles may change on a daily basis.)
NASA Image & Video Library
National Screening Room
Open Music Library

Ubu Web

2. Request a license for Kanopy titles.

  • Check the complete Kanopy catalog and submit a license request.
  • Go to
  • Scroll and the choose ‘Browse Movies’.
  • Browse or Search for specific titles.
  • If you have a Los Angeles Public Library (city) or Los Angeles County Public Library card, you have access to view their Kanopy catalog.
  • Email us the titles that you want licensed for your classes.

3. Use Zoom to show DVDs or Blu-rays during your in-class session.

  • Contact Library Film Services as soon as possible with your list ofDVDs and Blu-rays for check out. Library Catalog Call #s are always helpful.  3/13/2020 K.Baxter & A.Basen. Approved by S.Lowenberg & N.Pillai
  • Email
  • Arrange a time for pick-up as soon as possible, preferably for Monday or Tuesday.
  • Due dates will be extended.
  • In this exigent circumstance, you may screen the DVD or Blu-ray during your online class session.
  1. You will need an optical reader for DVD or Blu-ray if your computer does not have a disc reader.
  2. You MUST include this message in your class materials before screening the DVD or Blu-ray:  "This material is provided only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. This material is protected by copyright; any further use of this material may be in violation of federal copyright law."
  3. Synchronous online class screening.
  4. Record the class for your students to access after the class as needed.
  5. Recording MUST BE DELETED as soon as in-person classes resume, or at the end of the semester, May 15, 2020, whichever comes first.

4. Use films that are in the public domain in the United States.

Library cannot license titles from other distributors.  Many distributors in other cities are currently closing operations. Library cannot support individual rental fees for streaming services such as:  Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc.  Please read the subscriber agreement.  Most are for individual, at home uses.

Please ask us if you have any questions!

Contact Library Film Services for more information:
Karen Baxter:
Amy Basen:
Film Services:


Licensed Video Streaming Databases:
Library Databases.
Dance in Video
Digital Theater +
Drama Online
Docuseek2 Complete Collection

Electronic Arts Intermix Educational Streaming
Swank Digital Campus

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