Our video collections include feature films, documentaries, training videos and much more. Our largest streaming collections are Films on Demand, Sage Criminology and Criminal Justice videos, and Alexander Street. We have a few titles on Docuseek2 and select titles on kanopy. Off-campus authentication is by way of John Jay email ID and password.
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).
Netflix permits classroom instructors to show their students certain documentaries, free of additional charges. (note Netflix does not provide institutional accounts). Here is a list from Netflix of those titles that are available for educational use, as of August 2018.
Audrie and Daisy
Cuba and the Camerman
Five Came Back
Into the Inferno
One of Us
The Ivory Game
The White Helmets
Winter on Fire
Take Your Pills
Bobby Kennedy for President
As of 4/19/2018, for financial reasons we have had to curtail our Kanopy service. 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 jjay.cuny.edu
Please note New York, Brooklyn & Queens Public Libraries all provide the NY State community with access to the Kanopy database.
NOTE: Content is owned by Library in perpetuity.
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.
FORA.TV Conference Channel has thousands of conference proceedings and lectures from academia and the media, including many CUNY Graduate Center lectures. Warning: of the over 10,000 films available here, a small percentage are pay per view.
Many lectures and special events that have taken place at John Jay College can be downloaded from iTunesU--you must download iTunes to your computer (many of these are also available on DVD and are part of the Library's media collection).
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:
Europa Film Treasures has over 100 historic films from 15 European countries--featuring works from institutions like the British Film Institute, La Cinematheque Francaise, and Filmarchiv Austria.
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.
National Film Board of Canada has a large collection of full length documentary, educational and independent films.
National Geographic TV has thousands of short length and some full length videos from the National Geographic channel.
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 A resource for avant-garde material, including visual, concrete and sound poetry, film and sound art mp3 archives. Good source for finding perfomance recordings.
WGBH Openvault unique and historically important content produced by public television and radio.