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Streaming Media FAQ

I’d like to find streaming video, music, or sound recordings. What do Mason Libraries have to offer?

Mason offers over 60 databases of just streaming video and audio content! This includes documentaries, world cinema, educational videos, classical music, and so much more. To explore these databases, please check out the streaming media page.

I am a faculty member or instructor, and need a specific video in streaming for my online class, OR I had a DVD on reserve at Fenwick Library and now need it in streaming. How can I make a request?

Please contact the Media Specialist for specific requests. From there, the library will see if the film is available to purchase or license. Due to limited funding and a high volume of requests, the library encourages all faculty to consider which streaming videos are the most essential for their classes.

Does the library digitize videos or video clips for class use?

The library will in some circumstances digitize a video if it is not available for purchase by the library or at cost to students. We do not digitize shorter film clips.

I need a film in Kanopy. What do I do?

Kanopy is a streaming media platform offered through the library. Kanopy operates on a request-only model, meaning the Libraries will purchase or renew licenses for Kanopy films specifically requested by faculty or instructors for use in class. Once a license is purchased or renewed, a Kanopy video remains available for one year to the entire Mason community. Please to the Kanopy Page for instructions on requesting videos through Kanopy.

What is Swank, and how does it work?

Swank is another video database which provides access to course-assigned videos via instructor request. Videos are typically licensed for one year and available to the entire Mason community. However, unlike Kanopy, faculty cannot browse Swank’s content. If you are a faculty member or instructor and would like to assign a specific video in streaming, please contact the Media Specialist.


For specific questions and requests., please contact the Media Specialist, LeighAnn Skeen,

Also check out our new guide,  Diverse Voices in Film.