DVD & Streaming

We have over 1000 DVDs and some VHS films. All films are available for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and guest users to borrow for 2 week loan. Don't have access to a DVD player? You can borrow an external DVD drive that will work with your laptop, or watch a DVD on one of the library computers. We even lend headphones.

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Need a film for a course?

To place a film on reserve for a course, please contact the library. If we don't have the film you're looking for, you can request a purchase. We will try to purchase a streaming version when possible.

Streaming Film Collections

Please check out our Guide to Streaming Films by discipline.

DVD Digitization Service

For online and remote course delivery, the Library has partnered with CITL & ITS to provide a digitization service for DVDs when a streaming version is unavailable to license. We can digitize any non-infringing copy that is not protected by digital locks; one that is owned by the library or provided to us by an Instructor.

Access to the streaming version is made available through Brightspace using CITL's secure, responsive and password protected server. The digital version is destroyed once the course has ended. Once the DVD has been digitized, you will be provided with an embed code that can be added to your Brightspace shell.

For assistance please contact us.


  • The new Copyright Modernization Act expanded the Educational Exemptions to include playing films in the classroom. The act states "29.5 It is not an infringement of copyright for an educational institution or a person acting under its authority to do the following acts if they are done on the premises of an educational institution for educational or training purposes and not for profit, before an audience consisting primarily of students of the educational institution, instructors acting under the authority of the educational institution or any person who is directly responsible for setting a curriculum for the educational institution: (d) the performance in public of a cinematographic work, as long as the work is not an infringing copy or the person responsible for the performance has no reasonable grounds to believe that it is an infringing copy."
  • Under the Educational Exemption, in order to play a film "in public", the following criteria apply:
    • played on the Grenfell Campus
    • for educational or training purpose
    • not for profit (e.g. no admission charged)
    • audience of primarily Grenfell students, instructors, or anyone directly responsible for setting curriculum
    • must be a non-infringing copy (e.g. lawfully obtained copy purchased by the instructor or unit, borrowed from a library, or rented)
  • If you have any questions please contact Grenfell's Copyright Liaison Librarian.