The UW Tacoma Library purchases or licenses documentaries, historical footage, and feature films for all courses when available and to the extent that funding allows.
If you would like us to research a streaming license:
- Use the Purchase Request Form. This streamlines the process and ensures we have the specific information needed.
- Limit your streaming requests to no more than 10 titles per course. We are continuing the temporary increase from 5 to 10 titles while instruction remains primarily online.
- Please consider a contingency plan if we aren't able to license a film, or meet your required time frame. Your subject librarian may be able to help you identify alternate films.
- We'll do our best to keep you updated, but please don't hesitate to email email@example.com with any questions.
- Similar to ebooks, many types of media content are not available for libraries to stream. Additionally, consumer streaming platforms (such as Netflix, Hulu and Disney+) do not allow institutional licenses for academic libraries. If you see that platform is showing a film, we can check to see if an academic library vendor also licenses that film. If not, students would need to rent the film through the streaming provider.
- We have the ability to license many Disney feature films; however, they are typically restricted to a single course and usually at the same price as titles available system-wide for a full year. Please request these titles only when they are required content integral to your course objectives.
- Negotiating streaming agreements with new vendors can be time-consuming, sometimes taking week or months to complete. Smaller, independent filmmakers in particular, may not have worked with an academic library before. Please do ask, but be prepared.