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COLLECTIONS: Streaming Video: SBU Streaming Video Collections


The Libraries offer streaming video content from a variety of vendors, filmmakers, and suppliers in order to support the diversity of research and learning at Stony Brook University.  These videos are available to unlimited simultaneous users, and can be accessed anywhere using your SBU NetID and password.  Interfaces and functionalities may vary between streaming video platforms.  If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail (see Get Help, below) or by chat (Ask Us button in upper right corner).  

You can search our currently licensed videos here: Library Catalog

If you can't find the film you are looking for in the catalog, use the following form requesting a streaming video for required coursework. The library reviews all purchase requests and a librarian will follow-up with you shortly.  We are currently only purchasing streaming videos that are required viewing for coursework.



Please allow at least two weeks for the review process. If you need additional assistance you may contact the Electronic Resources Librarian or


For Off-Campus Access: Use your NetID and password. 

Kanopy Streaming Video

Kanopy Streaming Video is a repository of streaming films supporting research and teaching in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and technical fields. Content includes documentaries, training videos, and foreign language materials.

Search by title or subject, or browse Kanopy using the curated the collections on the homepage.

Kanopy videos can be viewed by an unlimited number of simultaneous users at Stony Brook University.  Viewers can share links to films, embed content in Blackboard sites, and create playlists and clips.

SBU users can access Kanopy off-campus using their NetID and password.  It is not necessary to create a Kanopy acount or to log in at the top right of the Kanopy landing page in order to search for and view content.  A Kanopy account allows users to create playlists, clips, and a viewing history.

For help with Kanopy, consult this page or contact the Libraries using the E-mail Me button at the right side of the page, or the Ask Us button at the top right.  

Alexander Street: Academic Video Online (AVON)

The Alexander Street: Academic Video Online streaming video collection offers access to over 70,000 films to support research and teaching in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and health sciences.

Swank Digital Campus

Swank Digital Campus offers on-demand streaming video by subscription, with an emphasis on feature films.  Titles can be requested individually, for one-year subscriptions.  Additional restrictions can apply to certain titles.


The HistoryMakers

Music, Dance, Performance & Documentaries

Health Sciences

Electronic Resources Librarian