The library provides collections of films and videos for use in the classroom and for research, reference, and entertainment.
Library videos can be used by faculty in courses to enhance their curriculum. Students can also use these streaming video resources for assignments, research, and recreation.
Find and Access Streaming Video
Search our streaming video databases directly for the content you want.
CatSearch can also show what's already available, including physical media like our DVD collection.
Most streaming video resources require you to sign in to the library for access. Our Getting Started with Online Resources page will help.
MSU Library Film Services
Open Access Services
Materials on these sites can be used in and outside of the classroom without violation of copyright. They have open licenses that allow the free public use or are materials that have moved into the public domain. For more about open licenses, check out our guide.
Open Culture - hosts thousands of films ranging from Classics, Noir, Independents, documentaries, and more from the beginnings of film to present.
Internet Archive: Featured Films Collection - featured films, shorts, silent films, and trailers available for use freely.
Internet Archive: Moving Pictures Collection - over 84,000 films full-length feature films, classic shorts, world culture documentaries, World War II propaganda, movie trailers, and films created in just ten hours: These options are all featured in this diverse open access library.
Library of Congress Open Film Collection - films, news media, interviews and incredible primary source videos collected and archived since 1893.
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries.
Requesting a streaming video purchase
The library accepts purchase requests for streaming and analog video. However:
Limitations on streaming video services
There are some limitations to how we can help:
If you've searched our streaming video databases and can't find what you need:
If you found what you're looking for in our collections: