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Streaming Media: Streaming Costs

Guide to both free and propriety film databases covering all subject areas with information on how to request streaming media from the library.

How you can help us control costs and maintain access to quality streaming media

  • Inquire whether a film already has a license and, if so, what the license expiration date is. The licenses are based on when the purchase was initiated, so each will have a different date. If you plan to use a film for class, particularly at the end of spring semester (i.e., near the end of the fiscal year), make sure the license will still be valid.
  • Limit options offered to students for an assignment. Every film that is suggested has the potential to incur another $150+ license purchase.
  • Please consider alternatives for personal entertainment viewing. We belong to the San Diego Circuit, which provides access to many public and academic libraries’ collections, including feature film DVDs. If you’d like assistance on how to request items from San Diego Circuit, please contact the Ask a Librarian service or call the Information Desk directly at (619) 260-4600.