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Streaming Video at Drake: Home

Access to streaming video content has become increasingly important, and the library does its best to meet the curricular needs of Drake faculty who need such content. Access to streaming videos is expensive and, in most cases, temporary, so we must be careful when determining which and how much content to license.

While the library has not set a specific limit on how many streaming videos we will license for a particular course, please consider the following:

  • A requested film must be required viewing for all students in the course.
  • If multiple streaming films are requested for a course, the library may ask the instructor to consider alternative streaming platforms (e.g., Netflix, Amazon Prime) for one or more films, recognizing that students may incur expenses by renting films on those platforms. If the library is able to find a requested film from a free, legal source, we will encourage faculty to use that version.
  • Not all films are available on institutional streaming platforms like Swank and Kanopy. If such films are absolutely necessary for your course curriculum, and in-person viewing is not an option, be prepared to require students to access the film on an individual streaming platform (e.g., Amazon Prime) at their expense.

Kanopy Streaming Films

Swank Streaming Films

Other Streaming Sources