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McQuade Library Streaming Collections

Streaming FAQs

  • What streaming collections does McQuade subscribe to?
    • McQuade currently subscribes to Academic Videos Online (AVOn), Films on Demand, Kanopy,, Docuseek2, and a small Swank Digital Campus collection.

  • Is the film I want to include in my course available for streaming?
    • Most films are searchable in our online catalog.  Librarians can double-check or are happy to search for particular titles for you.

  • I don't think McQuade has current access to the film I want to show.  How can I double-check and also recommend purchasing?
    • If you would like McQuade to purchase a streaming video license, email Please indicate the course the film will be used in, when you will need it, and how long.  We will investigate licensing/access options.

    • Please note that some films are *not* available via streaming anywhere (often the case for older, indie, or foreign films). It may be difficult to identify a rights holder if the film did not have a US release, and in some cases, the cost of streaming rights may be prohibitive. 

    • While some streaming licenses are easy to investigate, others require further research to identify the rights holder, licensing, and possible streaming options.  McQuade Library works with several documentary film distributors to acquire streaming rights for titles that instructors use in Merrimack courses. Variation from distributor-to-distributor in regards to licensing often requires streaming rights to be investigated on a case-by-case basis. 

  • I thought we had access to this film but now I can't find it?
    • When we purchase a license to a film, this does not mean we have perpetual access. In most cases, we need to renew the license every year. Please check with us each semester to make sure your film is still active.

  • Can these videos be used in class, linked to in Canvas, or posted on my syllabus?
    • Yes, you can add stable or permanent links to Canvas, and other learning management systems, create playlists for students to access, and more.  If you'd like to embed a media link into email, social media, or a presentation, you may do so.  Librarians are happy to help you do this.

  • Can I stream a film in my online class?
    • If you are teaching faculty, you may stream a film during an in-person class session or as part of coursework or homework. This use falls under face-to-face teaching guidelines and is covered by our educational license.

    • If you plan to stream a film in a non-class setting as part of a film festival or for your organization/student group:

      • The film must be in the public domain

      • If the Library has the film in the collection, check if the Library's license includes Public Performance Rights (PPR).

      • Obtain Public Performance Rights for the showing. Contact a Librarian for further details on how to do this.

  • Can I share videos with students through Zoom?
    • Licensing restrictions may prohibit screening and recording of videos via Zoom. Some streaming services use encryption or other copyright protection measures to block video or audio from being shared via Zoom. Students can access videos on their own devices in a separate browser window during Zoom sessions. 

  • Can McQuade Library get a Netflix institutional account?
    • Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney, and other commercial vendors do not allow institutional subscriptions. Libraries can not provide access to these platforms.   

  • Can I use my personal streaming service to share videos with students?
    • No.  End User License Agreements (EULAs) in the form of “click-through” agreements required to access personal streaming video subscription services are legal contracts that override fair use and other exemptions to the use of copyrighted materials. EULAs for personal subscription services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime restrict individual subscribers to private, non-commercial use only, explicitly prohibiting screening in classrooms or for public performances. 

  • Can the Library convert my physical media (DVDs) into streaming?
    • Due to copyright, licensing, and other issues, McQuade is unable to convert media—either owned by the Library or by individual faculty—such as VHS tapes and DVDs into streaming format.

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