Place Items on Reserve: Media

Streaming Media

  1. The Library's first choice is to find media on an existing streaming site where access if free or already licensed by the library. See our Guide to Using Films in Courses (2. Streaming Video - Licensed Collections) for links to the Library's streaming collections.

  2. If the requested media is not available for streaming through the services described above, Library staff will inform the instructor of any low-cost licensed alternatives for students (e.g. iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and NetFlix) and will not provide free access to a streaming site through Blackboard or Canvas.

  3. If the media is not available in the services described above the Library will look for a streaming site where access can be obtained for a reasonable fee (e.g. Swank).

  4. The Library will upload a requested item through Sharestream and provide links in Canvas if that would be fair use under copyright law. The amount of film or other media you use should be only as much as necessary to support your lesson or illustrate your point. Copyright policies regarding media on Sharestream are here.

  5. If the requested item is not available for streaming from a licensed site and fair use does not apply, whenever practicable, the Library will work with faculty members to identify alternative films or seek permission from the distributor.

CDs and DVDs

CDs and DVDs may be placed on reserve for individual students or small groups of students to use in the Library. See our Guide to Using Films in Courses (5. View a Video in the Library) for information about locations and equipment for where videos can be viewed.

Request Media Reserves

To request reserve services, complete and submit the Media Reserves Form. You must sign in with your Georgetown NetID and password to access this Google form. 

If you need further assistance, please call (202) 687-7607 or email