Deciding between DVD or Streaming Video content is a complex process, which can have significant cost implications for the library. Use this guide to help you pick the most convenient and cost-effective option. Note that both video purchases and licenses will be charged to the same departmental budget line as books. When in doubt about which format to order, consult with your librarian liaison.
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Buying DVDs is usually the most cost-effective way for the library to purchase video content. One reason for this is that we are able to purchase rather than lease DVDs, which means that once we buy the DVD, we own it permanently and can use it indefinitely.
DVD Purchase Criteria:
Streaming Video is typically only available via license or subscription. That means the library pays fees to provide access to the video(s) for a set period of time (typically one year). If we want access to the video after the access period, we have to pay for it again. Some streaming videos are available to license individually, like the videos in our Kanopy Streaming Media database. Others are only available by subscription in groups or packages, like the videos in our PsycTHERAPY database.
Streaming Video License Criteria:
Direct all inquiries to your librarian liaison via email: