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Media Resources: Images, Video, and Audio

How to find and use media resources provided by the USF Libraries for your teaching, learning, and research needs.

About This Guide

The USF Libraries provides access to digital images, audio, and streaming video via a variety of platforms and library database subscriptions.  Use this guide to learn how to locate media in the USF Libraries' collections and to find whether a certain title is available either on a time limited or perpetual basis.

Fall 2021 Streaming Media Requests

Please submit all streaming video requests through the Course Reserves function in Canvas. Instructions are available at  Instructors wishing to request the renewal of an existing title that will be expiring in 2021 must also fill out the Streaming Media Renewal Request form. If you encounter any issues in submitting through Canvas or making your renewal request, please email The maximum number of videos per course will continue to be limited to five (5) units.

If you are using a video that is currently expiring mid-fall semester, we recommend planning to use the video before the expiration date. If you would like additional help finding alternate material, please contact your Liaison Librarian.

An End to Streaming Media Requesting

Please make any requests for new titles or renewals on existing streaming titles before the end of December 2021. After December, the USF Libraries will discontinue leasing new titles, particularly on the Kanopy and Swank platforms. Streaming media titles with expiration dates into 2022 will continue to be available until they expire, and content that the USF Libraries own with perpetual access will be available in perpetuity. The USF Libraries is continuing subscriptions to currently licensed video collections or databases as listed on the Streaming Video Databases tab. For individual titles outside of these database platforms, please see the Currently Available Streaming Titles tab for more details.  


Streaming media was initially funded in 2015 through the Student Tech Fee process. When those funds were exhausted in 2017, the USF Libraries continued the curriculum-based service with alternate funding derived from foundation accounts and “salary savings” from vacant positions. At this point in the program, expenditures topped $150,000 annually. Absent sufficient recurring funding, we intended to conclude this program in 2019. However, the COVID pandemic intervened and when courses went online this past spring, we allocated the last of our remaining funds ($100k) to meet streaming video demands. The USF Libraries will fund this initiative through the Fall 2021 semester, with restrictions as listed above. 

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