Popular Streaming Databases

The library subscribes to several databases hosting both commercial and educational films from the 1890s to the present.  If you do not see any relevant films or media you would like to use to support your course you can request streaming media for e-reserves via the Media Digitization Request Form or e-mail okureserve@cornell.edu with your request and we can work with you on access options, including purchases.

The Criterion Collection

  • A streaming video collection of 400 films from Janus Films (The Criterion Collection<), including classics of European, Asian, and North American cinema, as well as notable documentaries and cult films.


  • The Docuseek2 : Complete Collection provides exclusive educational streaming access to important films from renowned leaders in documentary distribution, including Bullfrog Films, Collective Eye Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, KimStim, the National Film Board of Canada, and Terra Nova Films.”


  • Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service. Immediate access is available for several hundred films and requests for additional films for course or research purposes can be placed through the platform.

Swank Motion Pictures

  • Offering streaming through their Swank Digital Campus service, Swank Motion Pictures is the nontheatrical distributor for the majority of the major Hollywood studios as well as many independent, foreign, art house, and documentary offerings.

More streaming video databases can be found on the Streaming Video Library Databases page.

More streaming video resources

The library has access to streaming videos from a number of vendors. This list provides links to and descriptions of video and film collections available to the Cornell community, as well as some resources available to the general public.

Additional resources can be found in the Library Catalog search the Subject:"Streaming Video" and select Video and/or Database under Format.