Western Libraries

Streaming Videos and Streaming Music

Finding Streaming Videos

Library-subscribed streaming videos can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Put some keywords in the search box below to locate on topic streaming videos.


Western Libraries, in collaboration with King's College Library, provides access to Streaming Videos through the following three providers: Kanopy, Alexander Street Press and the National Film Board. Information on each is found below. There are a number of free Streaming Video sources and some of them are listed on the Free Streaming Videos tab.


Kanopy  will provide access to over 50,000 films from around the world..You can search for film titles in our Shared Library Catalogue OR Visit:  https://uwo.kanopystreaming.com to watch now!

Featured producers in Kanopy’s collections include Criterion Collection, PBS, California Newsreel, HBO, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, BBC, Documentary Educational Resources,  Psychotherapy.net and many more.

Very easily conduct the following tasks:

Share films:

  • When you have found a film you want to share, click the "Embed" button below the video player and copy/past the code provided as illustrated below

Create clips/playlists:

  • Click the Create CLIP/PLAYLIST button under the video player
  • Type in a name for the playlist
  • Add Video
  • Click Edit Playlist and find the section you want to capture and enter
    the start/stop times
  • Kanopy provides full details and they are available here

Embed video into OWL:

  • Locate video, click the Share button underneath it, then the  Embed tab.
  • Options allow you to specify the size of the player. Copy and paste the code onto your page.
    • Ensure that this section of the URL: src='https://uwo.kanopystreaming.com/video/future-work-and-death' starts with https:// and not http://
  • Log into OWL, visit resources and from the Add dropdown, select Create HTML Page, click the source button and paste the embed code into the page


Alexander Street Press


The following collections are available via Alexander Street Press:

Theatre in video

Counseling and therapy in video


Helpful ASP video tutorials include:

National Film Board


The Library's institutional license provides access to over 3,600 documentaries, films, animations and clips. The NFB showcases "films that take a stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians" related to the environment, human rights, international conflict, the arts and more.

Instructors may want to use the CAMPUS edition, which provides an "extensive bank of teaching tools, including notes on the appropriate curriculum and grade level. The service also offers educators the capacity to create chapters and playlists in advance, facilitating classroom use of NFB resources."

To access the CAMPUS edition you will need to create a profile:

  1. Go to NFB CAMPUS
  2. Search for "University of Western Ontario"
  3. Select University of Western Ontario, London, ON, N6A 3K7 and then click continue
  4. Email info@nfb.ca to request CAMPUS edition is the final step. Within 2-4 business days an activation link will be sent to your email. After accessing the link, type in University of Western Ontario, select it from the drop-down list and then click CONTINUE.
  5. To ensure that you have connected to the CAMPUS edition of NFB, look in the left hand menu and you should see CAMPUS in green as seen below. If you do not see this icon, contact the NFB for assistance

After creating an account and logging in access the My CAMPUS information page to learn how to use this resource in your classroom.

Create Playlists and clippings (called Chapters by NFB) by accessing icons in the lower right corner as displayed below: