Academic Video Online | Alexander Street

Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 62,000 video titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. More than 17,000 titles are exclusive to Alexander Street, all with a predictable annual cost. The massive breadth of content in Academic Video Online makes it a useful resource for all types of patrons, giving libraries a high return on investment.

Understand the impact video has for your users

Alexander Street shares your passion for deep insights into the data behind usage with our new admin portal:

  • Single sign-on access to custom MARC Records, COUNTER4 Statistics, engagement data, and more.
  • New visually enhanced dashboard making understanding your usage and engagement statistics easy.
  • New impact metrics to identify why users watch the content and what value they place on it.
  • Access to marketing materials to help increase usage.
  • And much more…

If you’re an Alexander Street customer, you can sign in and start using the admin portal now at

If you’re not a customer, and would like your own personal tour, email, and she’ll set up a time to walk you through.


Build by Choice (Perpetual rights)

At the end of each subscription term, your entire subscription cost is automatically applied towards owning perpetual rights to your choice of videos. Most films offer this option, and you can utilize an entire year of usage data to make selections. The longer you subscribe, the more titles you own.

Media hosting service

Free to Academic Video Online subscribing libraries. Upload an unlimited amount of locally produced streaming content, or content you've licensed from other vendors, and make it visible to anyone you specify. Librarians set permissions, add metadata for discoverability, and permanently link content to their catalogs. Learn more here.

Top partnerships

The collection represents content from over 1,500 leading distributors, producers, and filmmakers. Some of the top names include: 

  • 60 MINUTES / CBS
  • PBS
  • BBC
  • NBC
  • Intelecom
  • Insight Media
  • Microtraining
  • Filmakers Library
  • Envision, Inc.
  • Stanley Milgram
  • Dallas Telecourses
  • Davidson Films
  • VEA 
  • Bloomberg
  • The Open University 
  • Annenberg Learner

Major exclusive partnerships include Insight Media and Microtraining Associates. In addition, we provide thousands of titles from producers like the BBC and Danish Radio that are unique to Alexander Street. 

Unmatched content

Academic Video Online includes every kind of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. Patrons will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners. Academic institutions will find the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, plus newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.


Subject strengths

Academic Video Online covers all disciplines and subject areas, with specific strengths in:

  • Science
  • Anthropology 
  • Counseling & Therapy 
  • Fashion
  • Business & Economics
  • Nursing
  • Diversity Studies
  • Education
  • Documentary Film
  • Feature Film
  • Allied Health
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Music & Dance
  • News & Current Events
  • Theater & Drama
  • Criminal Justice
  • and more!

For each of these subject areas, we offer:

  • The most titles. This database includes substantially more content than any other resource available. Topics are covered in more depth, and editors cover every aspect of the field.
  • The best titles. Exclusive titles and series are included like Meet the Press, The Videofashion Library, The March of Time Newsreel Series, Obedience (Milgram), and the full set of Microtraining titles. Additionally, we have thousands of curricular titles produced specifically for the education market to be used in instruction.
  • Departmental landing pages and subject functionality. Each subject has a unique URL that allows departments to conduct searches specific to their fields. Plus, users can search and browse with subject-specific indexing. For example, users can browse titles by ethnic group in anthropology or by performer in dance.

Learning and search tools

In addition to the breadth and depth of content, Academic Video Online offers a wide range of platform tools for learning, research, and teaching, including:

  • Learning segments. More than 14,000 learning segments make it easy for instructors to find and integrate specific video content into the classroom and help users get to the right content faster. Each segment is fully searchable and includes an abstract, making user selection even easier.
  • Transcripts. Users view searchable, scrolling transcripts alongside many titles and continue to be added monthly.
  • Clipping functionality. Users can easily create, annotate, and share video clips and playlists, and can embed them in third-party sites.
  • Permanent URLs. All videos, clips, and playlists can be cited at permanent URLs, making integration with any learning management system easy.
  • HD-quality player. A video player with a 16:9 aspect ratio that streams up to 2.5 mbps allows for optimized high-definition viewing.
  • Comprehensive permissions. Our platform enables in-class, on-campus, and remote viewing.

Library tools

Academic Video Online contains a full suite of library tools including:


We work with all major discovery services

Multi-language interface

In-depth indexing and free MARC records


COUNTER-4 compliant usage stats



Video advisory board

Meet the video advisory board that contributes its expertise to the development of our high quality video collections.

Live & on-demand webinars

Register for a live webinar or watch a recorded webinar about Academic Video Online, the Alexander Street video platform, or other video acquisition models.

Product information

Academic Video Online is available by subscription to libraries worldwide.  All customers receive a subscription to The Media Hosting Service free.


Academic Video Online provides a vast database of film and video clips from documentary, newsreel, entertainment, and television sources. The range of material is broad and deep... The thematic range and temporal span make the collection relevant to many disciplines, courses, and student levels.

Joseph E. Taylor, III, Dept. of History, Simon Fraser University American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)

Looking for individual titles requested by faculty takes time and is often unsuccessful. We needed a comprehensive video resource that we could market to the whole university.

Victoria Koger, Collection Management Librarian, Eastern Kentucky University