DVDs & Videos for Classroom Use


Streaming Video Collections

The Ames Library has acquired access to multiple streaming video collections. You may find links to some openly accessible sites on the Film Resources Research Guide.  If you are looking for a title that is not available in our streaming collection please check the Ames Catalog to see if we own the DVD, or search Netflix to see if it's part of their catalog.

Kanopy - Streaming video database that offers a broad selection of over 25,000 films and documentaries, featuring such producers as Media Education Foundation, Criterion Collection, PBS, California Newsreel, HBO, Kino Lorber, and more.  For information about how to add Kanopy content to create and share film clips, please see the guide.

Alexander Street Press Critical Video Editions - these collections include subject specific content developed by the BBC, Creative Arts Television, ArtHaus Musik, Pennebaker, Hegedus Films, Insight Media, and many more. For more information about how to create film clips, please watch this short video. To see how to embed videos into Moodle, please watch this video.  



The Ames Library is offering a service to provide  faculty access to Netflix, a movie rental service. Using Netflix will allow you access to their extensive collection of over 90,000 titles.

This program is designed for instructional purposes only and is not intended for recreational or home use. It may be very useful to find a film that is not available through our library catalog or to preview a title.  Please be sure to check availability in the IWU catalog before ordering a title. 

How to Request a Netflix DVD:

1. Find a video on Netflix. You may either browse or search for a specific title.

2. Check IWU catalog for availability.

3. If not available, fill in the request form.  Allow at least one week for delivery and processing.

4. When the DVD arrives, you will receive an email from us. The DVD will be checked out to you for 7 days and may be picked up at the Thorpe Digital Center. If not picked up in three business days the video will be returned to Netflix.

Additional Information:

We have a limited amount of films that we can borrow at any given time so prompt return of the DVD is crucial. One 7-day renewal is allowed.

DVD's cannot be placed on reserve.

If a DVD is lost or not returned within 15 days, you will be billed a $50 lost fee.