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VIDEO STREAMING RESOURCES: Additional Information about Video Streaming

This Library Guide provides basic information on streaming video resources.

Free Video Streaming Resources on the Web


  • American Experience  For more than three decades, this series has been bringing to life the incredible characters and epic stories that shaped America’s past and present.
  • American Rhetoric Top 100 speeches.  Full text, audio and video database of the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century.
  • American Presidency Project Media Archive

    Videos of presidential speeches, remarks, and debates spanning from Herbert Hoover to Donald Trump.

  • Annenberg Learner  is an entity of the Annenberg Foundation that creates educational resources (video, print and web-based) to improve teaching methods and subject-matter expertise.
  • The Archaeology Channel explores the human cultural heritage through streaming media.
  • UbuWeb  Important online repository for avant-garde arts, including music, film and video, poetry, writing. It has working relationships with Anthology Archives, WFMU,, and other NYC-area experimental music and art organizations.
  • FACETS: Free Films Online   provide access to 50k+ films, spanning the art form's varied history and formats, from VHS to streaming.
  • Internet Archive: Animations & Cartoons  Archive of classic cartoons, Brick Films, Machinima, and computer animations from the 2001 SIGGRAPH competition.
  • Internet Archive: Movies  Digital movies uploaded by Archive users, ranging from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts.
  • Minnesota Video Vault (PBS)  The MN Video Vault is a project of Twin Cities Public Television. The Vault contains hundreds of programs from the Twin Cities Television archives.
  • National Film Board of Canada  National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning online Screening Room, featuring over 2,000 films, excerpts, trailers and interactive works.
  • NYPL Digital Collections  Free digital collections from the New York Public Library. Note: some streaming video is location-restricted, and must be viewed at the Library for the Performing Arts at NYPL.
  • Open Culture  Curated collection of online movies and media from across the web.
  • The Open Video Project  Shared digital video collection
  • UCLA Preserved Silent Animation  Included here are most of the Max Fleischer and Famous Studios Paramount subjects; the George Pal “Puppetoons”; the independent productions of Ub Iwerks; many of the Van Beuren “Rainbow Parade” shorts; a large number of Warner Bros. cartoons; and a recent acquisition of “Terrytoons” still being sorted through as of this writing. Includes a sizeable number of “Aesop’s Film Fables”; original negatives to several dozen “Inkwell Imps” and “Out of the Inkwell” cartoons; scatterings of prints and elements from other series, such as “Felix the Cat” and Disney’s “Alice Comedies”; and the occasional one-shot subject that survives today only as a single print.
  • MIT Open Documentary Lab  Drawing on MIT’s legacy of media innovation and its deep commitment to open and accessible information, the MIT Open Documentary Lab brings storytellers, technologists, and scholars together to explore new documentary forms with a particular focus on collaborative, interactive, and immersive storytelling.
  • NOVA   is the most watched prime time science series on American television, reaching about 5 million viewers weekly.
  • PBS Learning Media  inspiring site that offers thousands of free teaching resources including videos, lesson plans and games aligned to state and national standards.
  • Films for the Humanities & Sciences   The leading provider of media for higher education, Films for the Humanities & Sciences creates and distributes world-class academic content.
  • Forum Network   This is a PBS and NPR public media service in collaboration with public stations and community partners across the United States. Its online library features thousands of lectures by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders, available to citizens of the world for free."
  • Google Earth   Google Earth has fantastic video views of buildings, museums, places, physical structures and a host of other places on earth. To use Google Earth you must download the plug in. It is a great way to view places you are not able to see like the paintings in the Lascaux caves.
  • Living Room Candidate

    A complete archive of major presidential campaign ads 1952-2016, provided by the Museum of the Moving Image.

  • SCI SHOW This youtube channel hosted by Hank Green has fantastic short videos on all sorts of science topics. From The Terrifying Truth about Bananas, to What's Happening to Honeybees the SCI SHOW will keep you educated and entertained.
  • SnagFilms

    Streaming documentary films primarily covering social sciences topics.

  • Ted Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading  TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
  • YouTube  Perhaps the best known of all steaming video sites, YouTube is a subsidiary of Google, Inc . The site displays a wide variety of user-uploaded video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos.

Free Video Streaming Resources by Subject

                  Cultural & Academic Films 

                  Community Video

                  Moving Image Archive

                  News & Public Affairs


                  TV News

Library of Congress - American Memory program


The American Memory project from the Library of Congress provides access to several hundred early motion pictures, organized into 11 discrete collections:

  • America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
  • American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
  • Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916
  • Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904
  • Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901
  • Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
  • Origins of American Animation
  • Prosperity and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
  • Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures
  • Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film