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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Media Collections at the Lloyd Sealy Library: Streaming Video

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 AVON (Academic Videos Online) from 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.  

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.

Freely Available Streaming Video

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.