About the Streaming Media, DVD, and Video Collections

The NCSU Libraries Streaming Media, DVD, and VHS Collections provide access to tens of thousands of films and videos in support of teaching and learning at NC State. If you need assistance finding materials, please contact us. If you would like to suggest items for the collection, you can do so here.

Streaming Video

The NCSU Libraries provides a rapidly expanding collection of online videos in support of distance education and on-campus teaching. The "online video" facet in the Libraries' catalog allows searching of cataloged online videos

Several databases offer additional streaming video options:

  • American History in Video
    • Much broader in scope than its name implies, this database offers 2,000 hours and 5,000 titles that allow students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and documentaries.
  • INTELECOM Online Resources Network
    • A searchable and strong selection of video clips covering a range of key concepts and topics within the academic disciplines of health, history, oceanography, political science, psychology, sociology, environmental studies, philosophy, and adult education.
  • Films on Demand
    • This collection provides over 21,000 thousand high quality streaming videos on business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, and science & mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, indie films, and popular music performances. The videos include Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries plus interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels.
  • Television News Archive
    • Begun decades ago as an index to news broadcasts from 1968 to present, this resource now also provides streaming video content from NBC Nightly News and CNN broadcasts.
  • World History in Video
    • This database contains over 1,750 searchable documentaries covering history from the earliest civilizations to the late 20th Century in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.

For information about using films in Distance Education courses, please see this page.

Circulating DVD Collection

This growing collection includes a wide array of DVDs, from documentaries to award-winning foreign films to seasons of TV shows, and more. These DVDs supplement and complement students' classroom experiences across all subject areas, including providing access to popular media that inform general cultural literacy. Items in this collection circulate for 7 days.

The collection is housed in the Ground Floor Reading Room of D.H. Hill Library and in the Oval View Reading Lounge on the 4th floor of Hunt Library, with titles displayed in alphabetical order within four categories: TV Series; Documentaries; Feature Films; and South Asian Films (a large selection made possible by South Asian studies grants). 

You can browse our collection of circulating DVDs here

Teaching DVD Collection

This collection directly supports course-related instruction. DVDs circulate to instructors for 30 days, or may be placed on Reserve for classes. DVDs placed on Reserve may be checked out and viewed within the libraries by individuals or small groups for 3 hours at a time. Any non-faculty can check out movies in this collection for a 3 hour period. The collection is located behind the D. H. Hill Ask Us center.

Some foreign DVDs may be in non-U.S. region codes. Codeless DVD players are available for viewing these materials (See FAQ for more information).

Other video resources

The Libraries also holds video materials in other formats (e.g., VHS). These items are listed in our online catalog. VHS players are available for use in D. H. Hill's Ground Floor Reading Room and at the Hunt Library.  Please see Ask Us staff for more information.