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Swank Films: Getting Started

Use this guide to learn more about streaming videos via Swank Digital Campus, how to use them, including request and licensing processes, and technical requirements. If you have questions or comments, please contact

Update 8/1/18

  • Acquiring new Swank licenses is temporarily on hold. If you need a link for a currently licensed title, please fill out the Swank link request form and you'll receive it by email.  Contact Kim Grewe, with any questions.
  • Check out the library’s other streaming video services, especially Kanopy, which has a broad selection of classic, popular, independent, and documentary films. Call any campus library for assistance in searching these resources.


Swank Digital Campus

What is Swank?

Swank Digital Campus is a collection of streaming films licensed by NOVA Libraries for courses requiring films for educational use. The films may only be viewed via a link in Blackboard or shown in class. The films do not have public performance rights.

Licensing Schedule

Licensing Schedule:

License additions/deletions are generally made two times throughout the year.  Deadlines are necessary because it can take 4-6 weeks for the licensing to be processed through Media Processing Services (MPS):

  • Spring Semester: deadline for requests- November 1
  • Fall Semester: deadline for requests- July 1

Request a Swank Film for a Course

How does it work?

  1. Film titles required for courses are licensed until they are no longer needed for a course. Please notify the librarian when a film is no longer needed.
  2. Generally, new films are requested if a course or course assignment is being revised or developed.
  3. The instructor checks the Current Swank Titles tab to see if the film is already licensed.
  4. If the film has already been licensed, the instructor or instructional designer can fill out the Swank Link Request Form to request the link. 
  5. If the film has not been licensed, the instructor or instructional designer can check Swank Digital Campus to find out if the film is available, then request the film using the Swank Title Request Form (temporarily on hold).
  6. Instructors are encouraged to seek out assistance from librarians in locating streaming videos from other sources as well.

Considerations Before a Film is Licensed:

  1. Is the license available through Swank?
  2. Is it required for the course or supplementary?
  3. Is the film captioned? Only films with captions will be licensed. 
  4. Available funds will determine whether or not we are able to fulfill your request.

System Requirements/Access

  • Films can be streamed on Chrome, IE, Safari, and Firefox.
  • If using IE or Safari, download Google's Widevine Media Optimizer plugin.
  • Films can be streamed on any mobile device with a free Swank Media Player app.
  • Films DO NOT require a Silverlight plug-in.