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The Library has an extensive collection of videos (streaming and physical), including feature films and documentaries. Use the information below to find, watch, and request videos.

Finding videos

The majority of the Library’s video collection can be found by searching Omni. After your search, limit the results to “Video” resource type. For help in finding videos, please contact your subject librarian.

Searching Video Collections

Most of the Library's videos are catalogued in Omni. You can also choose to search across the transcripts and other descriptive material in the collections themselves.


Short Description

1491; the Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus

Video playlist on indigenous peoples in the Americas before Columbus.

Academic Video Online

Collection of documentaries, films, and other videos.

ACF: Audio Ciné Films Inc.

Collection of feature films.

American History in Video

Video collection for the study of American history.

Beyond Crisis

Conversational documentary on climate change.

Can-Core: Academic Video

Collection of Canadian videos from 1988 to the present.

CARMA Video Library

Live and recorded webcasts on research methods and analysis. Requires log in.

CBC Digital Archives

CBC radio and television news clips, interviews, and more, documenting numerous aspects of Canadian life and history. Includes excerpts from the classic documentary series, This Hour Has Seven Days

Counseling and Therapy in Video

Collection of videos concerning social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling.


Collection of feature films.

Educational audio and video programs and documentaries from CBC and Radio-Canada.


Over one thousand video documentaries on social and environmental issues.

Education in Video

Collection of videos about topics in training and education, including classroom footage.

the Film Platform

Collection of documentaries and films from Alexander Street Press and ProQuest.

Filmakers Library Online

Video collection of over 900 documentaries for humanities and social sciences.

Films On Demand

Streaming video collection for the humanities and social sciences.

Future History Series

Video playlist on North American Indigenous peoples history and future.

Literature Online (LION)

Full text of more than 350,000 works in English, American and Canadian literature. Please logout when finished

Video collection of classical concerts, operas, and ballets, with related information and material.

Moving Image Archive

Thousands of videos ranging from classic full-length movies, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to user-uploaded videos of every genre.

Music & Performing Arts

Streaming audio and video plus scores and reference works.

Thousands of documentaries, animations, and alternative dramas. Laurier Public Performance Rights paid for.

Opera in Video

Opera performances plus interviews and documentaries.

Collection of training videos for mental health professionals.

Theatre in Video

Video collection of plays and film documentaries.

Treaties Recognition Playlist

Video playlist on indigenous peoples and treaties in Ontario.

Truth, Reconciliation & Colonialism

Video playlist on the the effects of colonialism in Canada.


Watching videos 

Streaming videos will normally play within your browser. To view a physical video, please visit our Media Viewing and Listening page for information on video equipment available at each Library location.

Physical videos may be borrowed with the following criteria:


  • Videos for Film Studies and Music may be borrowed for three hours for in-library use
  • Other videos: three day loan


  • Videos with performance rights may be borrowed for one week
  • Videos marked "For Private Study Only" may be borrowed for one day

Charges for overdue, lost and damaged videos:

  • Overdues: $5 a day, to a maximum of $50
  • Lost items: $300 replacement fee. Items are listed as lost after 60 days
  • Fees for damaged items will be assessed at the time of return
Requesting videos

Book videos for class (faculty)

Faculty can book videos to show in class through our Video Booking form.

Request videos for purchase

To request a media purchase, please email