Finding Videos

Researchers can use the library catalog to determine audiovisual holdings in the University Libraries. You can also “Browse” for videos within the “Multimedia” tab, and choose to sort your results by “Relevance”, “Title A-Z”, “Title Z-A”, “Newest” (Received), and “Oldest” (Received).


Reserving University Libraries’ Videos

Most audiovisual materials from University Libraries can be put on reserve for a class for the semester. This allows the professor of that class to check out the video for any length of time. Others can also check out the video, but will have a checkout period that has been designated by the professor. This helps ensure that the video is more readily available to students in the class.

For more information, please stop by the circulation desk, or contact Dana Carlsen at mille854@miamioh.edu. You can also reach Dana by phone at (513) 785-3179.


Streaming Videos

Rentschler Library offers the option of streaming video content and has over 20,000 movies available. Because of copyright restrictions, only videos owned by the Miami University Libraries can be digitized for streaming. Instructor owned DVDs and VHS tapes cannot be digitized.

  • In order to remain copyright compliant, access to streaming videos expires at the end of each semester.
  • If Miami University Libraries (which includes the regionals) owns a captioned copy, then you can request that it be digitized for student use. To comply with accessibility standards, only those videos with captions can be converted for online streaming.

Please direct all questions and requests regarding streaming video service to Mark Shores via email at shoresml@miamioh.edu. You can also reach Mark by phone at (513) 785-3203. Please make requests at least 7-10 working days ahead of when the video is needed to allow enough time for processing.


Digital Videos

Students and faculty also have access to an online video collections.

  • Kanopy gives access to over 9,000 films from production companies such as PBS, California News Reel, BBC Active, and more. Videos can be embedded in Canvas and/or shown in class.
  • OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons contains over 1850 full-length educational videos that are licensed for use at Miami University. Videos can be viewed online or temporarily downloaded for playback.