Streaming Media for Courses

The UW-Libraries supports the streaming of video files for current UW-Madison courses. Enrolled students can access streaming media on any personal device via an internet connection. Instructors can also embed streaming video files within Canvas courses.

Available To

Instructors of current UW-Madison courses


  • Digitizing of physical media, hosting, delivery, and troubleshooting are included
  • Video and audio content is available for any online device (mobile, tablet, etc.) in most current web browsers
  • Provides access to video materials not currently available thru the UW-Madison Libraries subscription streaming databases
  • Provides access to streaming media limited to enrolled students and only for the semester’s duration


  • The item requested to be streamed is in support of a current UW-Madison course
  • The item is owned by a UW-Madison library or is an otherwise legally obtained copy by the instructor
  • The item is in good condition
  • The item is in DVD, VHS, Audio cassette, CD, LP, 78 rpm record (Blu Ray discs cannot be digitized at this time)
  • The streamed media files reside on a server controlled and monitored by the General Library System
  • Access to streaming titles will become unavailable at the end of the current semester.
  • Instructors must request streaming items for each semester, specifying titles and courses to be authorized

Please Note: The streamed media link is NetID protected. Authorization is based on course enrollment as provided by the UW-Madison Registrar’s Office.

Getting Started

Please use this form to make a request, or contact with questions.

Processing Time

Requests may require up to 2 weeks.

Instructor Portal

The Instructor Portal is linked to an individual’s NetID. In the instructor portal, instructors can:

  • See their authorizations for current and upcoming semesters
  • Search the full catalog of streaming media that is currently available through the Digital Learning Lab
  • Access an FAQ page for this service

Technical Help

Please use the Libraries’ tech help form.