Streaming Video Subscriptions: The library subscribes to several streaming services – Titles listed in online catalog for all except Kanopy which only lists titles we have licensed.
***Note Kanopy videos might not work correctly in Chrome. Play in Firefox or Safari if this occurs.
- American History in Video (Alexander Street Press)
- Black Studies in Video (Alexander Street Press)
- ClinicalKey Streaming Media (point-of-care resource for health care)
- Digital Theatre Plus (British Theatre, Opera, Dance, Symphony performances)
- DOCUSEEK2 (Documentary Films)
- Ethnographic Video Online (Alexander Street Press)
- Filmakers Library Online (Alexander Street Press)
- Films on Demand (Films Media Group)
- History Makers (Video oral history collection of prominent African Americans)
- Kanopy (Documentary/Feature films) Kanopy FAQ
- LGBT Studies in Video (Alexander Street Press)
National Theatre Collection (U.K.’s National Theatre performance resources)
- Nursing and Mental Health in Video (common mental health encounters for nursing)
- PBS Video Collection (NOVA, Nature, American Experience, and Frontline).
- Swank (Feature films) – Webpage updated – previous links to it have changed
- Wisconsin Public Television Education
- Digital Theatre Plus
Streaming Audio Resources:
- Classical Music Library (Alexander Street Press)
- Naxos Music Library
- Smithsonian Global Sound (Alexander Street Press)
Free Audio Resources:
- American Archive of Public Radio
- Avant-garde Project (AGP) – collection of recordings of 20th-century classical, experimental, and electroacoustic music
- Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB Library’s online archive of cylinder recordings)
- Discovering Music: Listening Library (BBC3)
- Internet Archive: Audio Archive
- Second Hand Songs– trace the cover versions of a song
Free Streaming Video Resources:
- “Eyes on the Prize series” – create free account to view
- “Going To School – Ir a la Escuela” (60 minutes) – documentary on inclusion, special education and empowering children with disabilities.
- Documentary Educational Resources free list of films (Until Sept 1, 2020)
- International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)
- Ken Burns in the Classroom – Ken Burn films
- National Film Board of Canada
- *Netflix Educational Documentaries
- *SXSW Film Festival – 2020 shorts
- Video Data Bank TV (VDB TV) – a five-part curated screening series exploring VDB’s unique archive, casts a distinctive eye over the development of video as an art form.
- Free streaming resources list – A list of free additional streaming resources.
The Media Library Collection consists of over 12,000 DVD, VHS, audio-book and video games (Wii and Xbox) which cover a wealth of subjects. These items may be borrowed for two weeks and can be renewed online once. Click here for a link to our complete list of subject mediagraphies.
How to Book a Video for Classroom Showing
To schedule a pickup date for showing a video in your class, please use our Media and Reserve Library Video Order Form. This form allows instructors to request media items to be pulled and held at the Media and Reserve Service Counter for pick up.
Library users will be charged at a rate of $1 per day, per overdue media item. Media items on Reserve are charged Reserve overdue fines based on checkout period.
Lost or Damaged Material
When a media title is 30 days overdue it is automatically declared lost. A lost or damaged title will be billed at replacement cost (which may range from $20 to over $1,000 depending on the title). When an item which has been declared lost is returned the library user will be charged the corresponding overdue fine, if the item has not already been replaced.
The Media Library has two individual viewing carrels and a media viewing room (2-25 viewers) available for our users. Equipment is available for viewing VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, International titles, and for listening to audiobooks on CD. The viewing spaces are open during regular Library hours.
UWM faculty, staff, and students are able to make purchase recommendations for the Media Library via the UWM Libraries purchase recommendation form. Click for the Media Collection Development Policy.