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Films and Media

Films and Media at the Language Commons (LC)

The LC allows students to watch DVDs onsite or via our in-house streaming collection. Faculty are allowed to check out DVDs for two weeks. Our catalogs are periodically updated. Please contact the director to ask about our newest arrivals.

Note the column labeled “In-House Streaming.” If the column states “Kodi” LC guests will find a copy of that film to stream in our computers. Ask for assistance upon checking in at the front desk and we will help you get set up.

Film Resources for Online Courses

As UH has not made a statement of official policy when it comes to the use of copyrighted video for online courses, the Language Commons gives the following recommendations:

  • Kanopy is a streaming video resource available to instructors wishing to use streaming video in their courses. To request access, please use the Streaming Media Request form.
  • Please check out the complete list of streaming resources provided by UH libraries.
  • If the film is available for streaming, rent or purchase on a commercial site like Amazon, Netflix, Hulu or FilmStruck, require students to purchase a subscription for the duration of the course or to rent/buy the film. Include this as part of the required course materials.
  • If the film is available for free on an official channel on YouTube, Vimeo or other video hosting site, you can link to that in your Blackboard course.

Unfortunately, we are unable to make the DVDs and VHS in our collection available to be streamed outside of our physical spaces, as creating a digital copy for distribution on the internet (even through a password-protected site like Blackboard) could constitute copyright infringement.