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Faculty Guide to Streaming Video

Answers to common questions about streaming video.


OneSearch LogoUse OneSearch to search for books, eBooks, articles (from magazines, newspapers, and journals), streaming videos, DVDs, CDs, images, and more, all in a single search. OneSearch cross searches most CCSF Library Databases at the same time. OneSearch can be accessed from the Library website!

Library Streaming Media Options

Films on Demand logoWhat is it?

Films on Demand is an online library of streaming videos including the Master Academic and Nursing collections, as well as hundreds of HBO Documentary Films, with new titles added regularly.  This platform also hosts over 50 streaming titles owned by CCSF Library in perpetuity.


How do I create an account?

  1. Access Films on Demand from the library's Databases page.
  2. Login with RAM ID (if off-campus), students, faculty and staff can create a personal user account.
  3. Locate "Your Profile" in the upper right corner of the screen. Then, click "New user? Sign up."

What are the benefits of doing this?

  • Allows tagging and saving favorites for easy recall
  • Allows curation of lists of films and segments that can be shared with other users
  • Gives control of user settings, including playback rate and automatic startup of closed captioning


Use Films on Demand's "Advanced Search" then filter by "Custom Content" to browse films owned by the library.  Results can also be filtered by producer (i.e. HBO, PBS, etc.).

Swank Digital Campus logoWhat is it?

Swank Digital Campus enables the college to provide streaming access to feature films and documentaries released by most major studios.  Our subscription gives the library access to up to 25 films at a time per year.  Each film is licensed for a one year term.


How do I create an account?

  1. Access Swank Digital Campus from the library's Databases page.
  2. Log in with RAM ID (if off-campus).
  3. Indicate your role as instructor and complete the registration process.

What are the benefits of doing this?

  • Registered instructors can request films via the Swank portal.
  • Film requests go to Michele McKenzie for consideration. 
  • Upon approval, films are usually available in the Swank portal within 24-48 hours.
  • Instructors receive an email confirmation acknowledging their request and notification when the film is posted.  


What is it?

Lumiere logoLumière includes clips and feature films for instructors to assign to their students for viewing through Canvas. (Account Required)

Most clips and films include an English subtitle option, if you need a film that is not yet available with subtitles, please contact Michele McKenzie for assistance.


How do I create an account?

A personal account is required for access. You must be a CCSF instructor to qualify for an account.  Lumière may only be used in conjunction with credit bearing courses taught at CCSF.

  1. Go to Lumière (
  2. If you are a former LFLFC user, you may reactivate your account in Lumière by entering your CCSF email and following the prompts.
  3. If you are a new user, enter your CCSF email (they can’t accept anything else) and complete the application.
  4. When your account is approved, you will be sent an email with a password. Log on with your email address and the supplied password, then go to the YOU tab, and change your password to something easy to remember.


What is it?

kanopy logoKanopy is a mediated resource. Viewing is limited to films CCSF has licensed. The library will only license films from Kanopy that are unavailable elsewhere. 

How do I create an account?

A personal account with Kanopy is not required to view CCSF licensed content. Select "skip" to bypass Kanopy's registration process.

  1. Go to Kanopy.
  2. Log in with your RAM ID (if off-campus).
  3. Locate the "sign up" button in the upper right corner of the screen.  

What are the benefits of doing this?

  • Allows you to add films to your watchlist and add comments
  • Lets you curate your own playlists of films and clips, that can be shared with your students via Canvas, email, social media or your website
  • Gives you control of user settings including playback and close captioning


What is it?

3C Media Solutions logo3C Media Solutions is the educational media distribution source for video content, podcasts, streaming services, and event coverage for the 114 campuses of the California Community Colleges System. (Account Required)


How do I create an account?

Faculty and staff of the California Community Colleges System may create an account (free of charge). 

  1. Go to 3C Media Solutions.
  2. Select "Register" in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Select "Create a New Account."
  4. Complete the form (be sure to include your CCSF email address).

What are the benefits of doing this?

  • personal account for uploading and storing media
  • ability to share media privately or publicly (embed, email link, or post to the 3C site)
  • option to create a 'group' for joint access
  • request captioning for your instructional videos in a few short, simple steps


  • Unlimited free cloud storage for California Community College instructors.
  • Store and organize all of your instructional videos and streaming media.

Films of Interest

figure in shadow walking on ice with fire in foreground

Ice on Fire

Focuses on solutions to slow down our escalating environmental crisis, going beyond the current narrative and offering hope.

James Baldwin's eyes over film title

I Am Not Your Negro

A visualization of James Baldwin’s unfinished book exploring the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

figure with arms outstretched in shadow faces military vehicle headlights at night

Whose Streets?

An unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising from the perspective of the protesters involved.

Toni Morrison photography within a collage of flowers

Toni Morrison the pieces I am

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist.

two young Black men looking up

The Last Black Man In San Francisco

A young man reclaims his childhood home amidst San Francisco gentrification.

Larry Itlong smokes a cigar while exiting a vehicle

Delano Manongs, forgotten heroes of the United Farm Workers Movement

The story of labor organizer Larry Itliong and Filipino farm workers in the 1960s.

woman next to x-rays

Toxic Bust, chemicals and breast cancer

Uncovers the growing evidence linking breast cancer to chemical exposure.

lone tree on a field of green with a wide open sky

In Pursuit of Silence

A meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. 

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