Film and Video Classroom Use

Streaming films and videos

Streaming films and videos already listed in Omni

Streaming films and videos are listed in Omni and can be accessed off-campus by way of a proxy link that uses Passport York for authentication. If you plan on using a streaming film or video for class please check in advance that the link is working and inform the Sound and Moving Image Library (SMIL) by email (imagelib@yorku.ca) so that staff can ensure that the licence is up to date and any technical problems have been resolved beforehand.

Most of the films and videos are hosted on the following platforms so perusing them can give you an idea of what is available.

Alexander Street Press
Criterion on Demand
Curio (CBC)
Docuseek
Films on Demand (Business and Economics)
Kanopy
National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Sage Video

New requests for streaming films and videos

If a streaming version of a film or video is required for classroom instruction and it is not listed in Omni as being available online, you can request that SMIL staff investigate options for online streaming. Often independent filmmakers and distributors will offer a digital licence with or without hosting options and SMIL staff can acquire the licence and arrange for the video to be hosted and accessible through Passport York authentication. It can take up to six weeks to acquire a license and have it available through Omni.

Films and videos located in SMIL

Most film and video titles may be reserved for classroom screenings and faculty course previews.

Films and videos reserved for classroom showing are ready for pickup the day before the showing and due back the day following the showing, unless other arrangements have been made. Three business days notice is required for processing.

Patrons are responsible for the pick up and return of SMIL materials reserved for classroom screenings.

Pickup locations:

  • Frost Library, Glendon campus
  • SMIL, Scott Library, Room125 (When SMIL is closed, visual material pre-reserved for pickup will be at the Scott Library AskUs/Circulation Desk )

There are four ways to make a reservation:

Closed captioning of film and video

Many film and video titles in the SMIL collection are closed captioned. If a title required for classroom instruction needs to be captioned, select that option on the online film and video booking form, or tell SMIL staff when making a reservation in person, by telephone or email. Captioning a title can take up to six weeks.