Video Library - Video

Video Services

Video Services

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Video Reserves

Faculty can place any title in the video collection on reserve.  Only the person who placed the video on reserve is allowed to remove it from Video Services facility.  Other patrons who wish to view a film that is on reserve may do so by viewing the film in the Video Services facility but they will not be permitted to borrow it.   If the instructor sends another individual to pick up a video they have put on reserve, then the name of this person must be sent by email to or called in to the circulation desk at 609-258-1290.

Submit requests for video reserves via email to  Include the course number, name of the instructor, and title of the film along with the call number and if subtitles are needed. Items placed on reserve that are not currently owned by the University will be purchased if necessary.  If the film needs to be purchased please supply the directors name and a link to where the film can be acquired.

Other items, including personal video materials for instruction, may be placed on temporary reserve in the Video Services facility.  Please drop off any personal items at the Video Services circulation desk.

Video Reserves for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Courses

Requests for video materials to be held on course reserve should be emailed to or placed through Firestone Library's Ares reserves management system. Detailed instructions for using this system can be found at How to Submit Requests. You will need to log into Canvas using your netid.

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Video Streaming

Video materials placed on reserve are generally made available to students of the course via our streaming service as well as physical reserve in the Video Services facility. Students registered in these classes may view assigned video materials at any time during the semester through the Canvas course page.

Assigned audio and video materials can be accessed through the Canvas course page and are made available only to the participants of the course and for the duration of the course. Streaming video is also restricted to computers on the campus network. Videos may stream properly over wireless but good performance cannot be guaranteed. For best performance, please connect to the campus network with an Ethernet cable or use a campus cluster computer. Note that Firefox is the preferred browser. Please report any problems to (include location of PC).

Requests to have films digitized for class can be sent directly to Barbara McLaughlin,, or entered into the library Ares system. If you have any questions regarding the video streaming service or would like more information please call Barbara at 609-258-0739.


Be aware of copyright rules: unauthorized electronic duplication of all copyrighted materials is prohibited. Please visit the Princeton University copyright site and FAQs.