DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS, and Films in the Libraries
You may search for films in a number of formats owned by the UMass Amherst Library or Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke and Smith Colleges, in Discovery. You can search by title, subject, or author (the director is listed as the author). After you conduct a search limit the Format to "Videos." These facets are located in the left hand "Refine Results" column. Students may borrow the library's films for three days or view them in the Media area on the 6th floor whenever the Library is open. If your instructor has placed their copy of a film on Reserve, ask for it at the circulation desk in the Learning Commons.
UMass Amherst students can also borrow films in person from the Four Colleges for three days. Staff and faculty can borrow films for five days.
Streaming Video & Films
Known as "Netflix for Academia", Kanopy offers free streaming documentaries, foreign films, Criterion Collection films, and more. It also hosts the entire Media Education Foundation video library of cultural criticism documentaries as well as the DEFA Film Library (selected films from the comprehensive UMass Amherst collection of East German cinema). It's free for all UMass students, and staff and you can set up an account to create a queue.
SWANK Digital Campus
A collection of 50 heavily used, mostly Hollywood, films. These will primarily be films used in UMass classes and will rotate based on usage. Only works with the Chrome or Firefox browsers.
Docuseek2 streams essential social-issue and environmental documentaries to colleges and universities, providing exclusive access to content from Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, the National Film Board of Canada, MediaStorm, KimStim, Scorpion TV, and Terra Nova Films.
This custom subscription of almost 800 titles provides an exceptional range of content with the most valuable video documentaries and series from PBS. From science to history, art to Shakespeare, diversity to business & economics, and more, The PBS Video Collection: Third Edition gives your patrons access to one of television’s most trusted networks.
Film Platform is an innovative collaboration between some of the leading filmmakers and sales agents around the world to bring the finest streaming collection of documentary films to an academic audience
Film & Video Reference Collection
Non UMass Audio Visual Resources
American Archive of Public Broadcasting
A collection of archival materials from the history of public television in the U.S. Includes archival audio and video material from PBS, NPR and their predecessors.
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Collections
Hundreds of moving image and audio collections. Many are available online.
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