Answered By: Valerie Weis
Last Updated: May 14, 2020     Views: 267

The Library licenses thousands of films to stream from a number of companies. Most of these films can be found in HOLLIS by searching for the title of the film or film series and limiting the resource type to film / video.

Here is a selection of the collections licensed by the Library. (Follow links to browse films in each collection):


  • Alexander Street Video is collection of videos including documentaries about American history. Videos come with transcripts. Clips can be created and saved for future viewing.
  • Docuseek2 contains films from Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films and BBC.
  • PBS Video Collection in Alexander Street offers access to hundreds PBS documentary films and series. It includes streaming access for American Experience, American Masters, and Frontline.
  • Digitalia Film Library offers streaming video of films and documentaries from Latin America, Europe and North America.
  • Film Platform offers award-winning documentaries and festival films on a wide variety of social issues.
  • Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides access to films with broad and interdisciplinary content. The films are mostly documentaries, but Kanopy also includes classic and popular films. All films include public performance rights, so group viewings at HKS and across Harvard are encouraged. Kanopy films can be located by a title search in HOLLIS.

View our Visual Media Resources guide for more resources.