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Online Video: Getting rights/requesting online video

Finding and using online videos

UI Copyright Resources

Requesting Streaming Video

Copyrighted film and video must be licensed for streaming or online use in classes - even if we own the film on tape or disc. The University of Iowa Libraries works with several vendors to stream film for classes and licenses vary by vendor. 

  • Check our streaming video sources for films to which we already have access that will accomplish your educational goal. Alexander Street Video includes counseling and therapy videos, some TV documentaries, newsreels and other TV content. Swank Digital Campus focuses on Hollywood movies while Kanopy focuses on international films, classics and some documentaries. Pay attention to the duration of the license, often listed by the vendor and in InfoHawk+.
  • To request a streaming film, contact our course reserves department or your liaison librarian.
  • Activate the Library Reserve module in ICON so we can add a link directly to your course.

Requesting Video Purchase

We encourage instructors to request books, films, or other media they need for their research or for use in class. If we do not have what you need, contact your Subject Librarian or Recommend a Library Purchase through our recommendation form.

Dan the Librarian

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Dan Gall
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877-807-9587 (toll-free)
Subjects: Social Work