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Public Library Video Online: Premium

Public Library Video Online: Premium

Video streaming for personal use is growing exponentially. Public library patrons often visit their library for academic study and research, and they seek video content across many subject areas. They also need performance films for the arts and the best documentary film available for leisure viewing. Give patrons unlimited access to 43,000 streaming videos, the largest public library database available. With topics spanning science, history, engineering, health, performing arts, religion, film, and many others, Public Library Video Online: Premium makes video accessible to a broad array of patron types. You'll serve your community with content that supports both leisure interests and self-directed learning.

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.

The most videos

Your library has access to more than 43,000 titles from 500 providers — twice the videos of other providers.

The broadest coverage

No other provider gives you as much breadth and depth across subject areas and material types. 

The lowest cost-per-use

Subscribing libraries pay as low as $.08 USD per video. That includes unlimited full-length streaming for an entire year.

Top partnerships

  • CBS / 60 MINUTES
  • PBS
  • NBC / Meet the Press
  • Dallas Telecourses
  • Berkut Dance International
  • Zeitgeist Films
  • Bloomberg
  • The Open University
  • Fred Friendly Seminars
  • Videofashion
  • The Great Speeches Collection

Breadth of content

Public Library Video Online: Premium includes every kind of video material available: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, how-to videos, and raw footage. Patrons will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners.

Subject strengths

Public Library Video Online: Premium covers a wide array of disciplines and subject areas, with specific strengths in:

  • Science
  • Anthropology
  • Fashion
  • Business & Economics
  • Diversity Studies
  • Education
  • Feature Film
  • Engineering
  • History
  • News & Current Events
  • Theatre & Drama
  • Criminal Justice
  • and more!

Unmatched benefits

Introducing two industry firsts in library streaming video, now available to Public Library Video Online: Premium subscribers. You can:

  1. Choose the videos you want to keep with the new perpetual rights feature. 
    Perpetual rights to the videos you select are included in your annual subscription. You can build your permanent collection based on demonstrated use. The longer you subscribe the more titles you own in perpetuity. Archival copies for titles selected are also available.

  2. Publish and share your own video with The Media Hosting Service.
    Supplement this curated collection by posting an unlimited amount of your locally-produced or licensed content. Make it visible to specific patrons, all patrons, or anyone in the world. You set permissions at the title level and can permanently link content to your catalog.

Subscription options

Public Library Video Online: Premium is available only to public libraries. Pricing is determined by population served. 

*Some territorial restrictions may apply. 

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Voted Best Reference Database 2016

Library Journal

Whether browsing the collection or searching for a specific topic, users will find this database intriguing. While Alexander Street promotes the entertainment value of the product, it will hold strong appeal to academics owing to the emphasis on providing and sharing citations.

Katie McGaha County of Los Angeles Public Library