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Streaming Video Collections

Overview of ELAC Library's streaming video subscriptions

What Are Streaming Videos?

Licensed movies and films that you can watch (stream) on a computer, smart device, or television via an Internet connection.
Popular streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO do not offer subscriptions to academic libraries. However, the library subscribes to the following streaming video platforms listed below. All videos are captioned and licensed for classroom use.

Request Films available in Kanopy and Swank (Faculty Only)

  • Faculty can search the Swank and Kanopy platforms for films available for licensing and submit a request.
  • The library will review the request and respond within 3 business days. 
  • The library will only purchase Kanopy and Swank licenses for films required for course assignments.
  • Licenses typically cost $120 per film for a one-year license.
  • Due to budget constraints, the library can only purchase film licenses requested by instructors.
  • Visit the library's Kanopy Guide to learn how to submit Kanopy film requests. 

On Demand Videos: AVON & Films on Demand

All videos in Academic Video Online (AVON) and Films on Demand are ready for immediate viewing. No additional license fees are required unlike Kanopy and Swank.

  • Access all streaming video collections via the Streaming Video menu on the ELAC Library homepage.
  • Login with your ELAC ACE account.
  • Contact E-Resources Librarian Amy Guy ( if you need assistance.

Need a Film not available in ELAC's Streaming Collections?

  • The library can try to purchase a Digital Site License (DSL) for films not available in the library's streaming video collections if library funds are available. 
  • Send requests at least 3-4 months in advance to librarian Amy Guy ( The process can be very lengthy.
  • The District Board of Trustees must approve a contract with the film distribution company before we can purchase a DSL.

Embedding Streaming Videos in Canvas

Click on the links below to learn how to embed or link videos into your Canvas course shell.

Kanopy @ Public Libraries

The LA County Library and the Los Angeles Public Library systems provide access to Kanopy. Film requests are not required for most films. Note: Public and academic library versions vary. Anyone living in Los Angeles County can apply online for digital cards.

Intelecom Update (Fall 2022)

The streaming video platform, Intelecom, went out of business in 2021, and ELAC's access to their platform ended on June 30, 2021. Access select Intelecom Learning films through ELAC's Films on Demand streaming video platform.