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Is there a specific film you'd like to show students for your courses or your area?

Find Streaming Video from the ARC Library

Search in OneSearch or browse the ARC Library Video Databases page to see all the streaming films we currently offer from 8 different databases. Individual films in each of our Video Databases are discoverable in OneSearch.

Films on Demand (FOD) is the library’s largest streaming video database package. It contains documentaries in the humanities, history, health, technical education, archival films, and much more from producers like PBS, BBC, NOVA, National Geographic, and more.

See the ARC library Films on Demand guide: Sharing Links & Embedding for step-by-step directions for using the FOD app in Canvas to embed streaming video from this database in your Canvas course, as well as how to find titles and segments, creating playlists and custom clips, and details about closed captions and transcripts.

Request Films

The library provides access to streaming video database packages (such as Films on Demand) as well as our Kanopy and Swank databases where we must purchase and license each film individually usually for a 1-year license.

  • There are films that have already been requested and are available in Kanopy and Swank.
  • You can find the expiration date for each film in these two databases by searching for the film in OneSearch.
  • You can log in to Swank and Kanopy to see films that are available through the platform, but the library has not purchased yet. You can request films from within Kanopy or Swank.

Please be sure to include how you plan to share films with students when you make requests (e.g., will it be required viewing in a course?). The purchasing of streaming film is contingent on the availability of funds. Films required for a course will be prioritized.

*Note: Librarians are off contract for winter break and in the summer - there may be a delay in response to requests during these times. 

Other Film Requests

We regret having had to make the difficult decision to suspend acquiring steaming films that are not available from our current video databases (this does not include films you can request from Kanopy and Swank). Our full-time faculty librarian levels are at the lowest they've been in 20 years, and we're unable to sustain all the services we'd like to be able to offer.

Not all films are available for libraries to license. Subscription based streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime do not have licensing options for libraries. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to license original content from these platforms (but see Netflix information on Educational screenings of documentaries).

For questions about accessing films through the library ARC classified professionals, faculty, or administrators can email Kate Williamson at