Skip to Main Content

Media Collection & Desk in the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

Streaming Media

Streaming Media Icon

To view and browse the streaming videos that are already available in our collection, please visit our Streaming Videos Collection page

How to Request Streaming Media for Instruction

  1. Look in Library Search for your desired title to see if the library has a streaming license already available.
  2. If the title you need for course instruction is not found in Library Search, use one of two methods to request: 
    • Media Reserves request form: use this method if you want the library to create a Course Reserves list with your film requests for easier discovery by your students.
    • Recommend a Purchase form: use this method if the film is for a class viewing but you don't need it on a Course Reserves list. 

Pointing hand iconImportant Note: Please limit streaming video requests to films that are required for a Fall 2023 UCSC class. In your request, include the course code and title, and date when access would first be needed for required viewing. This will help ensure that the library can meet your class needs.

Institutional vs. Individual Streaming

Building icon
University libraries and other educational organizations are able to purchase streaming media licenses from vendors only if they are set up as institutional resources that can be used by many people in the organization. 


There are a number of streaming media sites and vendors that are set up for individual viewing and we are unable to purchase from them, including but not limited to: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vimeo, HBO Now, Disney+.

Other Streaming Film Resources


Listed below are some streaming film databases. Individual titles for films in these databases are discoverable through Library Search.

  • Filmakers Library OnlineSearch icon
  • American History in Video
  • World History in Video
  • 60 minutes: 1997-2014
  • Ethnographic Video Online 

For a full list of our video databases, visit our A-Z databases page