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Films & Videos: Streaming

Fall 2020

Need a streamed film for a course? (The library will have no physical items on reserve this fall.)

  1. Check to see if a title is already available via Colby licensed streaming.
  2. If not, check the other streaming vendors we are able to purchase from.
  3. Submit a Request a Purchase form for streams we don't already have. Someone from Collections Management will contact you if a purchase is not possible.
  4. The library is not digitizing films from DVDs.

Colby Licensed Streaming

  Some titles are linked in CBBcat.

Search or browse our streaming databases listed below to find more Colby licensed streaming.


Documentaries, feature films (Sony Pictures Classics), shorts and historical footage. Create clip playlists. Embed into Moodle.

Or click on “Filter your results” (funnel icon) to browse or search by subject, people, publisher, date, language, etc. (Scroll down to see results.)


Features. Documentaries. Experimental film. Create clip playlists. Embed into Moodle.

An extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.

Performance films.

Other Streaming Vendors

If a streamed film is not already licensed by Colby, check these vendors, which can sell us individual titles.

To request a film we don't have, submit a Colby Libraries Request a Purchase form.

Change the Type-of-Material drop-down to Streaming.

If you found the film on a vendor site, please include the link to the record.

Also include your reason for the request (e.g. reserves, class showing, date(s) needed and the course number.

If we are unable purchase a film, someone from the Collections Management team will be in touch regarding alternatives.

What We Can't Do

The Colby Libraries cannot license or purchase films from consumer subscription services such as Netflix, Hulu, the Criterion Channel, etc.

We cannot rent or purchase films from consumer VOD (video on demand) services such as Google Play, Amazon Video, etc.

These services are designed for individual use only.

The Colby Libraries is NOT digitizing films from DVDs.


Other Tips

1. Search for free streaming on the web. Sometimes filmmakers put free streams on YouTube or Vimeo. Caution: Free streams may suddenly disappear. Does the stream appear to be authorized? Be wary of clicking on suspicious sites!

2. Search a title in Just Watch to see if there are inexpensive consumer VOD rentals.

3. Although we will not be able to have physical reserves at the library, you may wish to check out a DVD for your own use.

The Colby Libraries website will continue to have updates regarding circulation and lending policies.

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