Streaming Video For Course Use

The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries accepts requests for streaming video that are required course viewing. Due to current budget constraints, restrictive vendor licensing terms, and high costs we recommend that you consider all of our currently available streaming video options before placing a request for new material.

Selecting Video from Our Current Collection

When you find a video you want to use for a class in our streaming video collections, you may place a request with Course Reserves. Staff will work to ensure that the requested streaming video will be available for your class when you need it. We will assure the video is licensed, accessible, and provide a permalink to the video in the Course Reserves area of your WebCampus course.

Requesting New Streaming Media 

If you cannot find the video you want to use or a suitable alternative in our streaming video collections, please contact your Subject Librarian; and library staff will work to find a version you can use. Please place requests as early as possible and allow for several weeks between submitting the requests and gaining access. If the film is not available from one of the five vendors listed below, we will not likely be able to stream for your course.

  • Requests are for course materials only and must be required viewing for the entire class.
  • Requests are typically limited to five film requests per course.
  • Please plan ahead and submit requests based on the date needed for a class. We receive many requests for videos and prioritize them by the “date needed by” specified on the form.
  • Consult the table below for timeline information in your planning.
  • Each semester, for each film you plan to use in a course, you need to make a new request.  Because access to films is typically based on an annual license that expires each year, this allows us to ensure continued availability.
  • The Libraries will notify you by email when the requested video link is available.  To check on the status of a particular request or if you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Subject Librarian for your department or program. 

Streaming Video Purchasing Platforms

Availability

Vendor

Estimated Timeline

Cost

Number of Simultaneous Users

Captions Available

Available for License

Kanopy

1 week

$150/$300 average for 1 year

Unlimited

Yes

Available for License

Swank

1 week

$120 for 1 year

Unlimited

Yes

Available for License

Docuseek2

2 weeks

$275 for 1 year

Unlimited

Yes

Available for License

Good Docs

2 weeks

$559 for perpetual streaming

Unlimited

Yes

Available for License

Media Partners

2 weeks

Varies by film/number of users, but on the high end

Varies by film

Yes

Regarding Captions

Occasionally captions are not available until requested. This may affect the timeline and impact the cost for licensing. We always check for captions and request them immediately if necessary. 

Other Considerations:

  • Streaming video availability depends on licensing terms put forth by the content provider and availability of the library collection funds.
  • When no educational streaming licenses are available, the Libraries cannot stream the film. As an alternative, we will place a legally-owned and captioned DVD on hardcopy reserve if available. Please let us know if you'd like this option for films unavailable for streaming.