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Films at IU South Bend Libraries for Students

The IU South Bend Libraries offer films as DVDs that may be checked out or as streamed content viewable on most electronic devices.

Search for Available Films (DVD or Streaming)

Search IUCAT, the online catalog for Indiana University Libraries by title, subject, or keyword. To specify films, select 'Video & Film' on the left under the LIMIT option.

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  • For streaming films, you can click on the link in the IUCAT record to view online. (An IUSB login may be required for off-campus access)
  • For DVDs, click on the 'Availability' button to retrieve the call number and location information. DVDs are located at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Schurz Library. They can be checked out to show during class or to place on course reserve.
  • For DVDs on other campuses, use the Request This button to request the DVD to be sent to the Schurz Library for pickup. It may take a week for the DVD to arrive.
  • You may also request films through Interlibrary Loan if they are not available in IUCAT.

Available Streaming Film Resources

The library has subscriptions to several streamed film collections, which can be accessed both on and off-campus. Campus login will be required to view films off-campus.

Films are searchable on the individual platforms or through IUCAT. A full list of the Library's streaming video collections can be found here.

Alexander Street Press (ASP) Multiple film titles available through annual subscription. Includes public performance rights.

Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination Collection of videos for use in the health sciences. No public performance rights.

Digital Theatre Plus Contains text, video, and audio recordings of plays and interviews with actors, directors, and producers. Includes documentaries, lectures, and study guides.

Docuseek Numerous documentaries from Icarus and Bullfrog films, to name a few. Includes public performance rights.

Films on Demand (FoD) Large number of documentaries, along with theatrical productions from Broadway Digital Archive available through annual subscription. Includes public performance rights.

IU RESLIFE CINEMA watch popular films on campus. Film availability changes each month.

Kanopy Individually selected films leased for one-year. Include public performance rights. Offers large collection of award-winning films and documentaries.

Media Collections Online (MCO) is a service provided by IU Bloomington Library Technologies to support online access to video and audio collections. MCO provides access to many library, archival and other collections at IU. Training films for mental health professionals. No public performance rights.

Swank Individually selected films for classroom use only, leased for one-year. No public performance rights. Includes major Hollywood and independent hits.

Symptom Media Selected film titles to teach counseling skills. No public performance rights.

Requesting Films

The library welcomes students' recommendations for DVDs to purchase, but is not able to fund student or club requests for streaming film from it's current budget.

Public Performance Rights

Any public showing of a film requires public performance rights. In many cases, there are costs involved in obtaining public performance rights, and restrictions on use. If you plan to show a film for a public event on campus, please consult the campus event handbook.

Proof of public performance rights/approval to show a film, must be sent to the University Information Technology Services (UITS) event consultant at

Public performance rights come with many, but not all of our DVDs and streaming films. Please contact Susan Thomas, 574-520-5500, if you have questions about performance rights for a library film.

Additional Streaming Film Options

  • Student Amazon Prime offers a discounted rate for students and may facilitate access to required course reading and film viewing. Rates for eBooks may be less than campus bookstore purchases.
  • Netflix Documentaries (educational screenings of select films)

Requires existing Netflix account. Please carefully review their policy. Documentaries allowed under this policy will have the following on their details page:


Sources of Public-Licensed Audiovisual Works

The resources listed below offer films freely or through a creative commons license.

Digital Public Library of America: freely available media, images and other archival materials

Moving Image Archive (Internet Archive) Contains a collection of films, images, audio, and texts that are in the public domain or have a creative commons license.

Vimeo - Creative Commons offers films licensed under one of the Creative Commons licenses. Please note that Vimeo has many films that are under copyright and are not licensed for open viewing.

Youtube offers many films that may be shown in class. If a film does not readily indicate rights to show to others, you may filter your search by Creative Commons license to find content with reuse rights. The FILTER link is located at the top left of the results.