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" and "video" facets 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 8,000 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.
  • Ethnographic Video Online
    • Ethnographic Video Online is a comprehensive online resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. The collections contain over 2,000 titles and almost 1,600 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork. Intended to be a visual encyclopedia of human behavior and culture, online in streaming video. Includes footage from every continent and hundreds of unique cultures. Thematic areas include: language and culture, kinesthetics, body language, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, social stratification and status, caste systems and slavery, male and female roles, kinship and families, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts, culture and personality, and sex, gender, and family roles.
  • 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.
  • 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 biological sciences, environmental sciences, health, oceanography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
  • Kanopy
    • Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases across diverse subjects and disciplines. Collections include titles from the DEFA Film Library, ArtMattan Films, HBO, Frameline, Ruscico, Pragda, BBC, Flicker Alley, National Film Board of Canada, First Run Features, Cinema Libre Studio, and New Day Films 
  • Media Education Foundation (MEF)
    • The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. Access to MEF content is provided via Kanopy.
  • Television News Archive
    • Begun decades ago as an index to news broadcasts by the major networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) from 1968 to present, this resource also provides streaming video content from CNN (one hour per day since 1995) and Fox News (since 2004).
  • World History in Video
    • This database contains over 1,600 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 all of our 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. To view such DVDs email Jason Evans Groth (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 for North American Tapes are available for use in D. H. Hill's Digital Media Lab (DML) and the Media Production Rooms (4215 and 4217) at the Hunt Library.  Please see Ask Us staff for more information.