Streaming Video Support for Classes

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The UW Tacoma Library Media Collection supports the use of streaming video across the curriculum. As part of the UW Libraries, we must obtain the rights to stream videos for classes, even if we already have a physical copy in our collection. Fortunately, the number of the streaming titles available from the UW Libraries continues to grow, and more and more distributors offer streaming licenses for their titles.  Our guide to streaming video lists what’s available online and gives tips on how to search for streaming videos.

If you are new to streaming video, or would just like a refresher, please see our step-by-step instructions:

How to Find and Use Streaming Video for Teaching

We offer two services in support of streaming video. Click on the tabs below to learn about each:

We welcome requests to purchase rights to stream videos, especially for titles you use frequently in traditional formats. We accept requests for feature films (a.k.a. popular Hollywood titles), selected television shows, and educational documentaries.

We license all streaming titles to the extent possible. The process to secure streaming rights can be time-consuming, especially if the UW Libraries must negotiate with a new distributor, and in some cases, we may be unable to get rights.

  • You may expect a response from us within a week notifying you about the status of your request, but please be aware that it may take up two months to obtain rights.
  • Due to staff constraints and the high cost of licensing videos, we must limit instructor requests for new streaming titles to a maximum of 10 per class per quarter (Limit temporarily raised beginning in Spring 2020). Exceptions may be made for online classes or shared requests from two or more faculty members. (If the UW Libraries already has streaming rights, there is no limit on the number of streaming titles you can use.)
Request streaming video purchase