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Streaming Video at QCC Library

The Kurt R. Schmeller Library at Queensborough Community College has several streaming video options available for students and faculty. Faculty can embed video into their Blackboard pages, as well, as share URLs of films with students. They may also create playlists and edit content to fit the confines of their courses.


Streaming Video Databases



Create instructor account with QCC Outlook email. Fill in "Title Request Form" and indicate which class you are using the film for, and a brief statement of how film will be used in class.

We have access to 30 films a year. Content is limited, but if it is very popular, or current, this database is your best bet. Please check to see if it

is available on Academic Video Online or Kanopy, or Youtube, before requesting film.

Kanopy Key Features


Kanopy Website Features

In early 2022, your library or school’s Kanopy website was upgraded to a new design. This new web experience is more intuitive, responsive, and user-centered than ever before.

Our website design improvements make it easier to find films you'll love, organize your favorites, and start watching sooner. We've also worked behind the scenes to improve overall site performance in order to create a film-viewing experience that's faster and more reliable.

Here’s an overview of the updates on your Kanopy website.

Note: These changes affect only the Kanopy website, not the Kanopy mobile or TV apps.

New navigation

The top navigation bar of your library’s Kanopy website has been redesigned for simpler browsing, searching, and account management.

Improved searching and browsing

Kanopy’s new search is now faster and more accurate. Find the perfect film with easy-to-use filters and sorting.

A simplified Browse menu lets you pick from currently featured categories and genres.

New “Continue Watching” shelf

Find titles that you’ve started watching on your new Continue Watching shelf, located both on the homepage and on the My Lists page. My Lists also includes your watchlist and custom playlists.

There are a few ways to find films on Kanopy:

On the Kanopy website

  • Browsing the homepage
    You can browse the shelves on your Kanopy homepage to see newly added films, lists of related films, and more.
  • Browsing by genre
    Select Browse at the top of the homepage to see genre options and select one to browse.
  • Searching by title or keyword
    Select Search at the top of the homepage to search by title or keyword. See the tips below to refine your results.

Showing a film in class

Note: This article is for students and staff who use Kanopy with an academic institution.

If you're a student or faculty member, you can use any Kanopy film in your class. Films with public performance rights (PPR) can be used for extracurricular events, like film clubs or social events.

You can find these films on the Kanopy website by applying the "PPR Available" filter to search results.

Films with public performance rights will also have a "PPR" icon next to the runtime on the details page.

How to Use Kanopy

How to use Kanopy:

  • Select Kanopy from the dropdown menu from Databases A-Z list.
  • Select "Visit the QCC Collection" at the bottom of the screen.
  • Set up account using QCC Outlook email, and the password of your choice. 
  • When you return to log into Kanopy selection of videos, select  "Log in through QCC"  from the bottom of the page.  
  • Immediately, go to the "Log In" prompt in the upper right hand corner. Input your email and password.  
    1. If you have not logged in before, you will need to create an account. Use your QCC email address to create an account.

  • Browse Videos
  • Special note: Kanopy authentication sessions last 90 days, which has always been meant to emulate the length of a typical school semester. Following that 90-day period, students and faculty can renew their memberships by clicking on the orange "Reactivate" link for your institution. Then, in the pop-up that appears, they can supply their typical school credentials for database access.

Academic Video Online (AVON)

"Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers video titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. Curated for the educational experience, the massive depth of content and breadth of content-types (such as documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc.) makes this database a useful resource for faculty and students alike."

Log in off-campus using CUNYfirst account:

Public Performance Rights

Films available in Academic Video Online include limited public performance rights, which includes permission for classroom showings, as well as public screenings, as long as no admission is being charged.**



  • Tip 1: Keep searches simple and specific. For example, to find a Washboard band, you only need to enter: washboard.
  • Tip 2: Double-check your spelling before giving up on a search term.
  • Tip 3: Entering your search term in “double quotes” will ask the system to look for an exact match on precisely what you have entered between the quotes. This can be very powerful if you know exactly what you want, but can also reduce the number of items returned, so should be used only when you are sure of what you are looking for.
  • Tip 4: Word order, case and punctuation are not important in a quick search. For example, Nelson Mandela may be entered: mandela nelson.
  • Tip 5: You can enter more than one term in the quick search box. For instance, if you wish to find items featuring either the piano or harmonica, enter: piano harmonica.
  • Tip 6: After you’ve run your search, use the facet bar at the top of your results (available via the red ‘Filter’ button) to refine your results further.
  • Tip 7: An autosuggest, offering both video titles and Channels that match your search term, will appear beneath the Quick Search box, as you enter your query.