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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Media Collections at the Lloyd Sealy Library: Streaming Video

We have feature films, documentaries, and much more in Films on Demand (Infobase) and  AVON / Academic Videos Online (ProQuest/Alexander Street).  We have documentaries and social issues films in the Docuseek2 Complete collection, lectures, documentaries and training films in  Sage Criminology and Criminal Justice videos, and a very few select titles on Kanopy.   

Off-campus authentication is by way of John Jay email ID and password.  

The Library's collections include streaming video, streaming audio, DVDs, VHS, and CDs. Search our media collection here.

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Sage Criminology & Criminal Justice Videos

Of special note


Films On Demand

Films on Demand digital educational video

Over 7,000 documentaries, dramas, and newsreels from the world’s best producers including, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, PBS, National Geographic, NOVA, BBC and more. Titles may be searched in  OneSearch  as well as on the Films On Demand platform.  Videos play best in the Chrome browser.  We subscribe to this database; we do not own the content; the vendor removes & adds some videos every quarter (there may be a lag time in updating catalog records).

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Do you have a Netflix account?

Netflix permits classroom instructors to show their students certain documentaries, free of additional charges.  (note Netflix does not provide institutional accounts).  The permission is provided on each title's page via the Media Center.  Here is a list from Netflix of those titles that are available for educational use, as of August 2018.


Audrie and Daisy

Chasing Coral

Cuba and the Camerman


Five Came Back



Into the Inferno

One of Us

Saving Capitalism

Strong Island

The Ivory Game

The White Helmets

Winter on Fire


Seeing Allred

Take Your Pills

Mercury 13

Bobby Kennedy for President

End Game

Evil Genius


Recovery Boys

Follow This

Alexander Street

Alexander Street

Our Alexander Street collections include the following:

Our OneSearch discovery tool can be used to search for titles in the Alexander Street Collections. 



Please note that as of 4/19/2018,  we had to curtail our Kanopy service for financial reasons.  We can offer access to additional Kanopy titles only to faculty for use in their classes.   Faculty needing access to new titles should contact the media librarian  Ellen Sexton  esexton at 

Please note New York, Brooklyn & Queens Public Libraries all provide the NY State community with access to the Kanopy database.

Free Streaming Video on the Internet

Academic Conferences and Lectures:

Academic Earth features over 5,000 lectures from top rate Universities across the country on many topics and disciplines. Entire courses are offered as are playlists of videos on various topics.

iBioSeminars A project of the American Society for Cell Biology, this site features lecture-style videos reported by scientists and edited by science writers, which provide contemporary biological information and cutting edge developments.

MicrobeWorld created in response to public concerns about bioterrorism and other risks by the American Society for Microbiology, this site features podcasts and videos that teach microbiology and the impact of microorganisms on human culture.


Documentary, historic and art film archives:

ARTE  Cultural programming from Europe in English, French, German, Polish, Spanish and Italian.  Please note not all content will play in the U.S.

Europeana Collections  cultural heritage from European archives, libraries and museums. 

Gif It Up   Winning art from an annual gif-making competition for the most creative reuse of digitised cultural heritage material.

Internet Archive  moving image collection contains thousands of digital movies, uploaded by Archive users, which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, cartoons and concerts.

Library of Congress films and videos.  Films from the 20th century, especially early films.  Incudes the National Screening Room titles. 

National Film Board of Canada has a large collection of full length documentary, educational and independent films.

PBS offers episodes from several of its popular series like NOVA, American Experience, and Masterpiece (selected episodes change from time to time so you can't assume they'll be available throughout a given semester).

Snag Films advertising-supported documentary and Independent films. 

TED Talks   short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less), devoted to spreading ideas.  

UbuWeb  Avant-garde performances, including visual, concrete and sound poetry,  film and sound art mp3 archives. 

WGBH Openvault  unique and historically important content produced by public television and radio.