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Requesting Streaming Media for UW Seattle Campus

Streaming Media Policy for Seattle Campus

The UW Libraries supports the curricular streaming needs of the university.  However, the high cost of streaming videos combined with budget constraints requires some limits on what the Libraries is able to provide. The policy for acquiring streaming rights may be adjusted from quarter to quarter based on funding. We ask that you carefully consider non-streaming and other streaming options prior to requesting that the Libraries acquire the rights to stream titles.

Guidelines for UW Libraries Purchase of Streaming Rights

The UW Libraries supports curricular-based streaming video as best as we can given budget constraints, restrictive vendor licensing terms, high costs (typical streaming rights for one year ranges from $200-$600 per film), and the need for equitable distribution of streaming across departments. We will acquire streaming rights for courses within the following criteria:

  • Streaming is available for Course Reserves only and must be required viewing for the entire class
  • Minimum class enrollment of 20 students
  • Limit of 5 new streaming titles per course
  • Streaming requests are purchased on a "first come, first serve" basis until the quarterly budget is expended

We will not purchase streaming rights for films which are readily available at a reasonable cost to students through commercial pay-per-view services such as Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. Consult an online video aggregator such as JustWatch.com to see which titles are available on major commercial streaming providers.

We will purchase streaming rights for films requested for classes that do not meet the above criteria, only if they are not available in physical format or thorough reasonably priced streaming services.

Keep in mind that:

  • Setting up streaming agreements with vendors can be time-consuming. Please plan ahead, it can take weeks/months to license these materials.
  • Upon expiration of a license, the library will apply the above criteria for license renewal decisions.

Submit course reserves streaming video purchase requests through the Course Reserves Request Form.