Alexander Street Press Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 64,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. More than 17,000 titles are exclusive to Alexander Street, all with a predictable annual cost.

Curated for the educational experience, the massive depth of content and breadth of content-types (such as documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc.) in Academic Video Online makes it a useful resource for all types of patrons, giving libraries a high return on investment.


Researcher use of video almost doubled from 2014 to 2017

According to a recent ProQuest survey, video experienced the most dramatic increase in popularity among researchers of all content types. In 2015, only 39% of respondents were using video in their research. In 2017, use climbed to 71%, confirming the anecdotal evidence we’ve all seen. Download the whitepaper to learn more.


Understand the impact video has for your users

Alexander Street shares your passion for deep insights into the data behind usage with our new admin portal:

  • Single sign-on access to custom MARC Records, COUNTER4 Statistics, engagement data, and more.
  • New visually enhanced dashboard making understanding your usage and engagement statistics easy.
  • New impact metrics to identify why users watch the content and what value they place on it.
  • Access to marketing materials to help increase usage.
  • And much more…




See an overview of the database with links to guides, tutorials, and more.

Unmatched content

Academic Video Online includes every kind of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. Patrons will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners. Academic institutions will find the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, plus newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.


Subject strengths

Academic Video Online covers many disciplines and subject areas, with specific strengths in:

  • Social Sciences  (24,378)
  • History (19,254)
    • World History (9,085)
  • American Studies (12,776)
  • Music/Performing Arts (9,237)
    • Theatre (864)
  • Health Sciences (7,832)
  • Education (5,580)
  • Business & Economics (6,017)
  • Literature & Language (5,082)
  • Film (4,388)
  • Diversity Studies (4,147)
  • Art & Design (3,715)
    • Art & Architecture (1,332)
  • Media Studies (3,591)
  • Science & Engineering (3,253)
  • Anthropology (3,055)
  • Politics & Current Affairs (2,863)
  • Fashion (2,384)
  • Nursing (2,306)
  • Health Policy (1,743)
  • Counseling & Therapy (1,742)
    • Psychology (666)
  • Black Studies (1,667)
  • Dance (1,414)
  • Sports Medicine/Exercise Science (1,376)
  • Environmental Studies (1,188)
  • Criminal Justice (883)
  • Religion (526)
  • and more!

* Please Note: Titles counts are subject to change. Territory restrictions apply. Individual videos may be accounted for in multiple categories in order to accurately represent the disciplines they support.

Build by Choice (perpetual rights)

At the end of each subscription term, your entire subscription cost is automatically applied towards owning perpetual rights to your choice of videos. Most films offer this option, and you can utilize an entire year of usage data to make selections.  The longer you subscribe, the more titles you own. All title selections must be completed by 12/31 of the calendar year of your renewal.


Media hosting

Free and EXCLUSIVE to Academic Video Online subscribing libraries only. Upload an unlimited amount of locally produced streaming content, or content you’ve licensed from other vendors, and make it visible to anyone you specify. Librarians set permissions, add metadata for discoverability, and permanently link content to their catalogs.

Top partnerships

The collection represents content from over 800 leading distributors, producers, and filmmakers. Some of the top names include:

  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • BroadwayHD™
  • 60 MINUTES / CBS
  • A+E Networks’ HISTORY®
  • PBS
  • BBC
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Now You Know Media
  • Milestone Films
  • Dummies
  • Bloomberg Media Distribution
  • Documentary Educational Resources (DER)
  • Microtraining
  • Envision, Inc.
  • Stanley Milgram
  • Dallas Telecourses
  • Davidson Films
  • VEA
  • Bloomberg
  • Intelecom
  • Annenberg Learner

Major exclusive partnerships include 60 MINUTES and Microtraining Associates. In addition, we provide thousands of titles from producers like the Healthy Learning, Now You Know Media and Danish Radio that are unique to Alexander Street.


We offer:

  • The most titles. This database includes substantially more content than any other resource available. Topics are covered in more depth, and editors cover every aspect of the field.
  • The best titles. Exclusive titles and series are included like The Videofashion Library, The March of Time Newsreel Series, Obedience (Milgram), and the full set of Microtraining titles. Additionally, we have thousands of curricular titles produced specifically for the education market to be used in instruction.
  • Departmental landing pages and subject functionality. Each major subject has a unique URL that allows departments to conduct searches specific to their fields. Plus, users can search and browse with subject-specific indexing. For example, users can browse titles by ethnic group in anthropology or by performer in dance.


Video advisory board

Meet the video advisory board that contributes its expertise to the development of our high quality video collections.


Learning and search tools

In addition to the breadth and depth of content, Academic Video Online offers a wide range of platform tools for learning, research, and teaching, including:

  • Learning segments. More than 14,000 learning segments make it easy for instructors to find and integrate specific video content into the classroom and help users get to the right content faster. Each segment is fully searchable and includes an abstract, making user selection even easier.
  • Transcripts. Users view searchable, scrolling transcripts alongside many titles and continue to be added monthly.
  • Clipping functionality. Users can easily create, annotate, and share video clips and playlists, and can embed them in third-party sites.
  • Permanent URLs. All videos, clips, and playlists can be cited at permanent URLs, making integration with any learning management system easy.
  • HD-quality player. A video player with a 16:9 aspect ratio that streams up to 2.5 mbps allows for optimized high-definition viewing.
  • Comprehensive permissions. Our platform enables in-class, on-campus, and remote viewing.


Library tools

Academic Video Online contains a full suite of library tools including:


Live & on-demand webinars

Register for a live webinar or watch a recorded webinar about Academic Video Online, the Alexander Street video platform, or other video acquisition models.


Product information

Academic Video Online is available by subscription to libraries worldwide.  All customers receive a subscription to The Media Hosting Service free.



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