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Streaming Video: Finding and Requesting Movies

Finding Films

To search for movies at the library, go to the catalog and click on the ADVANCED SEARCH button. Set the Search Scope to "UW-La Crosse Books & Media," and the Material Type to "Audio Visual":

Add your chosen search terms and run the search. The result list will include all video and audio results that match your terms, in both physical (DVD) and electronic formats. To limit your search to just online results, click on "Online Resources" from the filters on the left side of the results page.

Requesting Films

To request a streaming film for the library, please send the information, including the intended use and the time frame needed, to Pam Cipkowski (8567) or Rebecca Strandlie (8509). Please note that gaining access to streaming videos often takes time due to the licensing process and technological setup involved.

Typically, obtaining public performance rights will result in higher costs, and as a result, they cannot be purchased for every film. Occasionally, filmmakers restrict viewership to a limited number of users. In these cases, special budgetary and administrative approval are required. We cannot guarantee that films with such restrictions will be library funded. 

A Note About Ownership and the Licensing of Streaming Videos

Murphy Library owns some of the films to which we provide access, but the majority of our streaming videos are leased via subscription collections or individually licensed for a limited time period (generally one or three years). When films are not owned by the library, filmmakers and distributors retain the right to pull content from collections and platforms, and there is always a chance that re-licensing will not be possible. Therefore, we encourage instructors who plan on using streaming videos through the library in a course to notify us so we can help to ensure the necessary access.