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October 13, 2021

Request DVDs or streaming videos through K-State Libraries

Submitted by Cailin Riley

As an instructor at K-State, did you know that you can request DVDs for on-site courses or streaming videos for your hybrid or online class from K-State Libraries?

The Libraries offer limited video streaming services for instructors who would like to use videos for class instruction or research purposes. The Libraries also provide DVD players for check-out for DVDs placed on reserve.

If you are interested in a video, check to see if the Libraries own a DVD copy by using Search It. You also can check to see if the Libraries have access to the video through our subscriptions to ProQuest Academic Video Online, Swank Digital Campus, Kanopy and Docuseek.

If the Libraries don't own a DVD copy or already have access through a subscription, you can request the video you would like online. Requests should be made at least two weeks before the video is needed.

While K-State Libraries will make every attempt to obtain videos to meet your instructional and research goals, it is helpful to understand that streaming videos present unique challenges for libraries including:

  • Subscription equivalents to Netflix, Disney+ and others do not exist for libraries. These distributors do not license content to libraries the same way they license to individuals.
  • Not all videos may be available for streaming. This is especially true for feature and foreign films.
  • Distributors periodically lose rights to stream videos.
  • Most licenses are temporary, length of licenses vary and license terms often do not match the academic calendar.
  • Single streaming video licenses start at $150 per title for a limited term and go up from there.

You can learn more about the Libraries video streaming service with our research guide.