Streaming Services and Ebooks

A guide to help you find digital resources, like ebooks and streaming videos, in the Library.

Streaming Videos

When clicking a resource below you will be prompted to sign into your MyUTampa to view the items below. 

For more information about film studies see the Films Studies Guide

If you can't find a video within these streaming databases, check YouTube or see other options below.

Other Streaming Options

Subscription Services

Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are the largest subscription services for streaming film if you're having trouble getting a film through the library.

Subscription Aggregators

Services such as JustWatch attempt to aggregate the content the major subscription services are serving. However, they are not always perfect, and it is best to double-check against the specific services as well.

In addition to these, IMDb will often list upcoming TV broadcasts of movies and shows, as well as provide links to content on Amazon (although that content is not guaranteed to be free for Prime customers).

Other streaming Options

If you don't mind ads, you can find films on YouTube, IMDb, Tubi, and other services. Check these after checking the databases.

UT students and faculty are encouraged to join the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (HCPLC). HCPLC offers a large selection of streaming videos and ebooks, many of which are not available at the Macdonald-Kelce Library. If you are looking for a feature film or popular novel, join the Hillsborough Public Library by signing up for a free library card.

Public Performance Rights - Showing Films on Campus

Faculty are permitted to show feature length films in a classroom or instructional setting. 

In copyright law, the TEACH Act (17 U.S.C. § 110 - U.S. Code): permits “the performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction....” It applies to showing of entire films, and also to those that involve less extensive clips from one or several sources.

Find more information on the Faculty Guide

Faculty, Departmental and Student Organizations must seek Public Performance Rights (PPR) in order to show publicly screened films outside of an instructional setting. 

If you are showing a film in a theater on campus and it's open to all of UT, then you will need to pay for public performance rights. PPR is required because copyrighted films (a lot of our DVDs and streaming video in the library) are not licensed to show to a large group. The exception is for instruction (see above). 

Faculty, Departments, and Campus Organizations: In order to get PPR, you must contact the distributor of the film, like the Criterion Collection or Swank (see below). When contacting these distributors, have the event information and payment information on hand. So, if you are showing a film and it's coming out of a departmental budget, have that information ready. 

Some of our streaming films already have public performance rights. Here is how you can find them:

  • In Kanopy, search for a film or genre. Click on the "Public Performance" button on the bottom. If the film shows up, you are good to go for showing it on campus. Also, look for the PPR logo on the film itself. More information 


Companies that you may need to contact to secure PPR:

For some films, you may need to contact the producer or distributor directly. If you need help locating the distributer, contact the library at library@ut.edu.

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