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Streaming Films & DVDs

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Streaming Films

The BAC Library now offers a broad selection of documentary films online. They can be viewed from anywhere, anytime, by all BAC faculty, staff, and students.

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You will need to use your webID (your email login and corresponding password) when you are off-site to use either the database or a catalog link to an individual film.

Frequently Asked Questions about Streaming Films

What devices can I use to view films?
You can watch films from a range of devices: your laptop, tablet, Kindle, or smartphone. One film can be seen by an unlimited number of BAC staff, faculty, and students. If you have problems with a device, we strongly suggest that you substitute one device for another. However, if you have problems logging in with your BAC credentials, the Help Desk at 617.585.0191 will be able to assist you.

As a student or faculty member, can I create links to or clips of a section of a film in Moodle?
Yes. You can create a clip or link in Kanopy to use in Moodle .

If I have questions about how to use these films within Moodle, who should I contact?

If you are a faculty member and have a question about creating links or film clips in Moodle, please contact the online technology staff member that you are working with or email for assistance.

Is there a due date, and will I accrue fines?
No, there are no due dates or fines for streaming films since they can be seen by an unlimited number of people within the BAC community. Due dates and fines still apply to DVDs.

Can I post a link or a portion of the film on the internet?
No, these films are to be used for research purposes; they cannot be posted to the internet. However, these films do come with public performance rights and clips or links to films can be posted within Moodle and shown within the college (as long as money or the public are not involved).

Can BAC student organizations watch streaming films in Cascieri Hall or the Loft?
Yes. However, please note that the public cannot be invited to view these films. With regard to showing DVDs, please email to discuss whether a film has public performance rights.

Will all the DVDs we now have in the library be available by streaming in the future?
No. Some films on DVD will be available online but filmmakers decide how their films will be accessed; therefore, we will continue to purchase and maintain DVDs of films that are not accessible in other formats (such as streaming).

If I cannot locate a film that I'm interested in for research purposes through the streaming film database (Kanopy) or our DVD collection, who should I contact?
If you are a student or a faculty member and have questions about accessibility to specific films, please contact

If I have any suggestions or comments about this new resource, who should I contact?
If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact