Answered By: Denise Gehring
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2020     Views: 29

The library has access to several streaming video / movie platforms including Kanopy, Films on Demand, Ambrose, and several others. You can access them by going to Click on "Articles & Databases", then click on "Streaming Video" in the drop-down menu. Or you can access these through the library catalog by title. 
Unlike Kanopy, the other streaming databases are based on subscription fee for the entire list of videos that the library pays.
Kanopy fees are much more costly than the others as we pay per video. A 1-year subscription for each movie costs the library about $150. Therefore, we encourage everyone to not use Kanopy like “Netflix” even though it has a similar platform. We currently have the following titles licensed with Kanopy. This list includes a link to the title in Kanopy as well as the subscription end date. 
Films already licensed will remain available on the Kanopy platform for the remainder of their one-year license period. Because the end dates will vary, there is the possibility that a previously licensed film will be removed from the catalog and unavailable on Kanopy at the end of the license term.
Some films will not be available immediately. In that case, you will be asked to fill out a form with your email address and reason for the request. In this form, we would like you to include your professor’s name and whether it is a requirement for your class. If it is is a requirement also include the class number and name. For faculty that would like to use a film in their class or assign a film for out of class viewing, please complete the form as well, stating that you are requiring this film. Contact Denise Gehring at if you have any questions.
Other options for viewing videos: 
  • We have a large collection of DVDs available in Marshburn Library
  • We have access to several other streaming video services here
  • Kanopy is also available from the Los Angeles County Libraries. LAC library cards are available to all California residents by visiting an LA County Library. For more information go here. To sign up for a LA County Digital Library card go here. The nearest LA County libraries to APU include the Charter Oak Library in Covina and San Dimas Library in San Dimas. Other libraries can be found here. Please note that the LA County Library Kanopy collection is not identical to the APU collection and that LAPL allows a maximum of 10 videos per month. They also have access to Hoopla, another streaming video resource. Please visit their page here for more information.