Q: Can I show my class a film via my personal streaming account (i.e. Netflix, Amazon)?
A: It depends - this may be a violation of your contract with the content provider. Services such as these are often restricted to personal and non-commercial use only, so double-check your license agreement before proceeding.
Q: I'm teaching an online-only course, how can I show a film to my class?
A: Submit a Video Request/Reserve Form to see if the library may add a title to an existing vendor collection (Kanopy, Alexander Street Press, etc). Instructors may also ask students to purchase the film via a subscription service such as Netflix or Amazon. The University Library is not able to purchase licenses or subscriptions to any consumer platform: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney+, etc.
Q: Can the library transfer a VHS to a DVD to streaming for me?
A: No. Copyright law doesn't allow the transfer of formats without permission of the copyright holder, and the library does not offer reformatting services.
Use OneSearch to find streaming videos (or DVDs/Blu-Rays). You can search by title, director, actor, etc. For example, to find Ben Affleck's streaming titles available at CSUN, search his name, limit to Video, and then Available Online at CSUN:
For titles that only appear as DVDs or Blu-rays, we are unable to stream these titles to a classroom, Zoom, or Canvas. We are also not able to rent or purchase titles from iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, etc. We may not add titles to Swank: our package is set at 1,000 titles, and will expire on June 30, 2023.
You can get a card for checking out items, or you can get an e-card, which allows you to stream films, borrow e-books, and listen to music. If you live in Los Angeles County, you may get an LAPL e-card. During normal operating procedures, anyone in the State of CA may get an LAPL card. You can have multiple accounts/memberships with Kanopy, such as LAPL plus CSUN or LA County Library plus CSUN. Please see this guide for more info.
More than 30,000 films are available to stream on Kanopy (LAPL) through Los Angeles Public Library.
Live within LA County but outside the City of Los Angeles? Sign up for an LA County Library card.
If you live in Ventura, Orange, or LA County, you can sign up for a Beverly Hills Public Library card.
The City of Orange Public Library offers e-cards to California residents.
Newport Beach Public Library also offers e-cards to California residents.
Berkeley Public Library offers e-cards to California residents.
Riverside County Library System has Kanopy and is available for all California residents.
Fresno County Library offers Kanopy to its residents, with instant e-cards.
San Joaquin Valley Library System (7 counties including Madera, Stanislaus, and Merced) offers Kanopy plus instant e-cards.
Sonoma County Library offers e-cards for residents of the County.
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