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Film & Video Collections


The film collection is housed at the Music and Media desk. Currently there are over 10 000 films primarily in DVD and VHS format and the collection includes documentaries on a wide variety of subject, feature films, foreign films, operas, and other topics. We also provide access to several streaming video databases and some individual streaming films.

This Guide is designed to help you navigate the film collection at the University of Victoria and to provide information on other related subjects such as copyright.


The Canadian Copyright Act permits instructors to show any film in the classroom, as long as the work was legally obtained. Instructors can also screen films outside of the classroom, provided that the screening is on campus, and for educational use, and that the audience consists mainly of UVic students and faculty. Streaming services such as Netflix cannot be used in an educational setting as these services are licensed for home use only. 

For more information on copyright and video

If you have further questions please contact Bill Blair,  Media Librarian


Showing a film in class (for faculty)

If you want to reserve a film for a class viewing, you may book the film through our Booking System. For more information on this service go to our Book a Video page

When a film is not available in a streaming format.

When videos are not available commercially in a streaming format it may be possible for the Library to digitize and make available an existing DVD in our collection.   The Libraries have created the following guidelines to facilitate this process. If you have more questions about this contact Bill Blair (

Find a Film

To find videos in our library catalogue (, use the Books and More tab, select Keyword Anywhere and limit by Videos / DVD.

Guide to finding Videos

You may also search for videos through the Video Search Module.

Video Search Module

Streaming Video Databases

This is a list of our subscription - based video streaming resources. As films are licensed for a specific period (usually one year), the content may vary from time to time.

Some individual streaming video titles

Viewing films in the library (Viewing Rooms)

Please contact us or drop by the Music & Media Desk
to book a viewing room. There are three rooms to choose from.

Room 108 & 110

  • Capacity: 4
  • Tablet chairs
  • 40" HDTVs,
  • DVD & VHS
  • 2-channel micro stereo system
  • Bluetooth & USB connection
  • VGA & audio connections for laptops

Room 208

  • Capacity: 15
  • Tablet chairs
  • 46" HDTVs,
  • DVD & VHS
  • 5-channel micro stereo system
  • iPod dock
  • VGA & audio connections for laptops


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