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Stream Media

Northwestern Libraries can stream video or audio files, which allows it to be viewed or listened to on a personal computer via an Internet connection.

Two services are provided. 

Subscriptions to databases that stream video and audio 

To find streaming databases available in the Libraries, visit our audio-video database list.

Streams created by Reserves

Streams for University classes and other programs for faculty, students and staff can be viewed on Canvas course sites. CDs, LPs, audio cassettes, VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, DV and laserdiscs can be converted.

Submit a request through Canvas

In Canvas, select Course Reserves under Library Resources. Note that a library staff member may need to enroll in your course to provide support; that staffer will appear temporarily as an "Instructor" and will un-enroll when they have finished. 

Submit requests at least one week in advance. If you plan to submit more than 10 titles in a quarter,  give that list to Reserves as soon as possible and before the quarter begins.

The turnaround time

  • Video streaming:  One week per title. If multiple titles are requested at a time, please allow an additional week for each additional title. 
  • Music/Audio streaming:  1-25 tracks per week.  


Contact Reserves at or by phone at 847-467-1985.