Finding Videos

Researchers can use the library catalog to determine audiovisual holdings in the University Libraries. In the catalog, you can sort your results by “Relevance,” “Date Newest” (Received), and “Oldest” (Received). You can also look for videos in the “Music, Video, & Images” tab on our library’s homepage.

Digital Videos

Students and faculty also have access to an online video collections. You can find these videos by searching the library’s catalog or by searching the databases directly.

  • Kanopy provides 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. As of July 1 2019, the University Libraries lease content from Kanopy on an item-by-item basis. Requests for the Libraries to lease an item can be made on the Kanopy web site or to your subject selector. Because of the costs and limited duration of Kanopy rental agreements, we prioritize content needed by faculty and students for coursework and research purposes. Requests may take several working days to process; please plan accordingly.
  • Alexander Street Video provides access to all of our subscribed audio and video collections from ASP and can be cross-searched simultaneously. This includes the streaming video databases American History in Video, Counseling & Therapy in Video, Education in Video, March of Time, New World Cinema, Theatre in Video, and World History in Video. It also includes the streaming audio databases American Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound.
  • 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.

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 or (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.

To request a streaming video for your course, fill out the Streaming Video Request Form. Please direct all questions and requests regarding streaming video service to Mark Shores via email at or (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.