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How to Use the Library: for Students

Learn how to use the BU library for academic research

Where to look for videos in the Library collection

Streaming Videos

You can watch streaming videos online.

If your professor tells you that you can access a streaming video through the Library, they will likely provide you with the direct link, or instructions for where to find it. Before searching for the video through the Library site, check the access information that your instructor has given you - this will likely save you some time.  

If you don't know where a video is located, you'll need to search at the links below: 

  • If provided by your instructor, select the name of the database that contains your video. eg: Kanopy, Criterion,, NFB then choose or search for your title.  

  • Otherwise, search the various platforms to see if they contain the title you are looking for. 
  • To view a video, you will be asked to authenticate with your BU username (do not include and password.
  • Under the heading Course Categories choose Library
  • Scroll to BU Library Videos and click on "Click to enter this course".  Video titles and series titles are listed alphabetically.


Videos in DVD or VHS format

There are also physical copies of videos in the Library collection. These will show up when you search in One Stop Search or in the Library Catalogue, and they can be signed out like books.