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Ely Library's Streaming Media Collections: Streaming Video Collections

Streaming Video Collections- Changes for Fall 2021

Kanopy Streaming Media: Access to Kanopy Films is now by faculty request only. Search for the title on the Kanopy Streaming platform and fill out the request form. Requests should be made 10 business days in advance, as it may take several days to process the request. Kanopy videos are no longer available by searching the library's catalog; they must be searched directly on the Kanopy website. Access to videos is no longer provided on the Kanopy platform. Instead, access our curated essential title list directly on, or look through our collection of "classic" videos on  Alexander Street Press.
JoVE Science: Access to Chemistry content on JoVE was complimentary for the 2020-2021 academic year, and will be discontinued in September 2021. We will continue to have access to JoVE Biology content.

Films on Demand

Kanopy Streaming Video

The Kanopy platform provides access to hundreds of educational videos and feature films through a pay-as-you-go model. Ely Library has a set budget for this service.

Ely Library provides Kanopy video access by faculty request only. This change from our previous on-demand model is meant to provide videos that support faculty teaching while controlling costs and ensuring that access to videos is not shut down abruptly. 

  • Each month, the library will post an updated list of existing Kanopy video licenses to the Streaming Media LibGuide: . This list will include the video’s title, a link to access, and the expiration date. 
  • To access a licensed film beyond the expiration date listed on the Streaming Video LibGuide, send an e-mail to Becca Brody at, indicating which film should be extended. If you will not need the film until a month or more after the expiration, see the next bullet. 
  • For other films, faculty will need to fill out the request form that will appear on the Kanopy website for the film 1-2 weeks before the film is needed.  
  • The library will only license films by faculty request.   
  • The library sets a budget for Kanopy Streaming and, if demand outstrips the budget, we may not be able to accommodate all requests. 


**If you use Kanopy videos in your classes, you will need to ensure a license is active before assigning videos to students or screening them in class. Ely Library cannot guarantee same-day access to expired videos.

We have access to two collections.

Met Opera On Demand

Alexander Street Press Therapy Video Collections

ProQuest Multimedia

Some ProQuest Databases include both audio and video content, including podcasts and excerpts from news and educational programming.

Select "Videos & Audio" on the Basic Search screen, or select "Source Type: Audio & Video Works" from the Advanced Search screen to locate this content.

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