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Streaming Video: A Guide to Streaming Video Collections from NOVA Libraries

A guide to finding and using streaming video for use in courses. Questions? Email

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About 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 Canvas or shown in class. The films do not have public performance rights.

How does it work?

  1. The library purchases a one-year license for films required in courses. One year = one calendar year, e.g. from 9/21/2020 to 9/20/2021. Please notify the librarian when a film is no longer needed.
  2. Check the Current Swank Titles box on this page to see if the film is already licensed.
  3. If the film has already been licensed,  contact the NOVA Online Librarian to request the link. 
  4. If the film has not been licensed, request the film by emailing Be sure to specify the course in which you plan to use the film.
  5. If Swank doesn't offer your film, a librarian can help you locate streaming videos other sources!

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

In Browser

Swank videos are streamed using an HTML5 player within the browser. One of the following browsers are required for Swank Streaming video:

  • Firefox 47 and up
  • Google Chrome Version 62 and up
  • Internet Explorer 11 and up
  • Safari is only supported on mobile

Mobile and TV Apps

**It is recommended to view Swank films in your Mobile Browser. The Swank Mobile App can be buggy and not user friendly. Generally, Swank films play just fine within a mobile browser window.**

To watch NOVA licensed films on Mobile apps, you must:

  • Download the video player, “Swank Media Player”, in Apple iTunes or Google Play Store.
  • Using your mobile device browser, access the Swank film link.
  • Log in with your VCCS credentials.
  • When you have access to the video in the mobile device browser, click on "Open with Swank Media Player"

For more information, see the Swank Instructions for Mobile Access

Mobile Apps

A "Swank Media Player" app is currently available for the mobile devices below. Click on the links to find more information on how to access and use these.

TV Apps

There is currently no Swank Digital Campus app for TVs. However, you can cast video to a TV using Chromecast

Currently Licensed Swank Films

To use one of these licensed titles in your course, access the Swank Streaming Video list within SharePoint at the links below or email the NOVA Online Librarian at to request the link.

For a list of the currently licensed Swank films, please use the widget found under the Streaming Video By Type page under "Feature Films"