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Streaming Video Online at the SPU Library

Information for Faculty

film reel The SPU Library provides access to streaming video through several platforms.

If there is a film you want to show in class, you can search in one of the platforms to see if it is available. If a license is needed, then contact your liaison librarian to get that set up.

If you have used a film in the past and want to show it again, contact your liaison librarian ideally at least two weeks before you plan to show it so that we can check on the license and get it renewed if necessary.

If you are pressed for time, please do still reach out. We are usually able to activate the licenses quickly.

Licenses are generally in place for one year at a time.

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Information for Students

students in movie theatre

In some of your classes, your professors will use the medium of film to help you understand concepts or to expose you to issues & solutions. Or maybe the subject of your class is film itself!

To show films, faculty members will use a DVD or an online stream. These streams are accessed through one of the SPU Library’s streaming platforms.

If you missed the film showing or need to re-watch something, you should have access to the streaming link your professor used or the DVD itself.

Two of our streaming services, Kanopy and Swank Digital Campus , are restricted to faculty request only. This means that the only films we license are ones that are being shown in classes. However, you can watch any film that we have licensed.

Many public libraries provide limited access to Kanopy for personal entertainment viewing. As an SPU student you can obtain a Seattle Public Library card and use their Kanopy. If you are from another city, you can check with that public library system about their access to streaming video.

Some professors might ask you to purchase a subscription to a commercial streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon. They consider this the same as purchasing a textbook. Reach out to your professor if you have concerns about this type of requirement.


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