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The Criterion Collection for Public Libraries

The Criterion Collection, an imprint of Janus Films, ranks among the world’s most influential cinematic distributors. Their films—widely respected for both their scholarly and entertainment value—are ubiquitous for the study of cinema, history, and culture at large. But oftentimes these important films, if available, are scattered across multiple formats and locations, making it difficult for users to make full use of their content. 

100 of The Criterion Collection’s most popular films for Public Libraries

Alexander Street is proud to announce The Criterion Collection for Public Libraries delivering 100 of The Criterion Collection’s most popular films available in a streaming format. 

Public libraries are a central resource for their communities. With technology impacting every part of our world, patron expectations for content are ever-evolvingOne thing they expect to find as a resource is video. Whether it’s used for educational purposes or entertainment, they want what they want, when they want it, and they expect to get what they need from you. Access to streaming video will not only help meet these needs but can also relieve libraries of the time and costs associated with acquiring, shelving, and maintaining DVDs.

What’s included? 

Content within The Criterion Collection for Public Libraries covers the history of cinema throughout the 20th century, from early silent films like Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid(1921) to international classics like  8 1/2 and Seven Samauri to releases from contemporary filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch and Guillermo del Toro. Other renowned directors within the collection include: 

  • Michelangelo Antonioni 
  • Ingmar Bergman 
  • Luis Buñuel 
  • Federico Fellini 
  • Jean-Luc Godard 
  • Akira Kurosawa 
  • Louis Malle 
  • Francois Truffaut 
  • Orson Welles 

Alongside a wealth of feature films, The Criterion Collection for Public Libraries from Alexander Street includes seminal documentary films such as Alain Resnais’s Night and Fog (1955), and Albert Maysles’ Grey Gardens (1976). It also features works in popular subgenres of film including French New Wave, Cult Classics, and Italian Cinema.  

Other features: 

  • HD-quality video lets you stream films at up to 2.5 mbps 
  • Synchronized scrolling transcripts alongside every title 
  • Semantic facet indexing that encourages users to discover new content of interest 
  • Cross-searchable interface that makes films available directly alongside related multimedia content—including film scripts, silent films, and global feature films—from Alexander Street’s other film studies collections 

*Collection available for North American customers only.