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Audiovisual Collection: Free Audio & Video materials Online

Resources in Audiovisual Materials


Digital Video Collection Guide

A bibliography of licensed and open digital video collections compiled by Scott Spicer, Media Outreach Librarian, University of Minnesota

Open Access (free) Internet Sites for Streaming Video

A guide compiled by Arizona State University's Media Librarian Deg Farrelly

Reelgood A comprehensive Website to locate streaming videos (documentaries, movies, TV series, etc.)  

University of California in San Diego Library Guide to free and legal streaming videos

University of Virginia Library Guide to free and legal streaming videos

Selected audiovisual materials online

A. Comprehensive Free Video Sites

American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB)

Documentary Stream (under construction)

Internet Archive

Internet Movie Database (IMDB) TV (movies and TV shows)

National Film Registry (Library of Congress)

Online short films

PBS Learning Media (clips)

PBS Passport (Requires membership in PBS affiliate station: KLRN, San Antonio)

San Antonio Public Library

Top Documentary Films (TDF)

Tubi (A collection of movies and TV shows free of charge. Includes commercials)

University Videos Digital Library

YouTube (Be sure to use "Filter" after your search and select "Creative Commons" to filter out illegal videos from the search results)

B. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Academic Earth 

Annenberg Learner (Requires a license if used in teaching)

MIT OpenCourseWare 


Open University

Open Yale Courses 

Stanford University  

UCLA Courses 

The Ultimate MOOC handbook

USC Annenberg

C. Public Lectures and Cultural Events


Free Video Lectures

Hammer Museum Watch+Listen (UCLA)

Nobel Prize

Smithsonian Videos 

TED: Ideas worth spreading

D.1. Archaeology, Natural history & Anthropology

American Indian Film Gallery 

The Archaeology Channel 

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture 

Penn Museum 

D.2. Business, Economics & Finance



Prendismo Collection 

World Economic Forum 

World Trade Organization (WTO)

D.3. Education

Education Crash Course 



Federal Student Aid



Kaplan SAT and ACT Prep 

PBS LearningMedia 


U.S. Department of Education

Videos from


YouTube EDU

YouTube Teachers 

D.4. Government, Politics & Law 


C-SPAN Video Library 

United Nations 

U.S. Department of State

World View 

D.5. Health & Medicine 

American Cancer Society 


Stanford Hospital and Clinics

World Health Organization

D.6. History

American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank


Library of Congress Digital Collections

Mike Wallace Interviews 1957-1958  (65 interviews with famous opeople)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 

D.7. Human Rights, Global & Environmental Issues

It Gets Better Project  

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

UN International Decade for Action "Water for Life" 2005-2015 

UN Multimedia



D.8. Language & Literature

Book TV

LangMedia Resources for World Languages 

Librivox (Audio books in Public Domain)

National Writing Project  

Words of the World 

D.9. Performing Arts

Alan Lomax Archive 

Dance Channel TV


John Cage Video Archive / New World Symphony

Library of Congress National Jukebox

More Than Dance … 


New York City Ballet 

PD Sounds

Royal Opera House

Stratford Festival 

Smithsonian Folkways 

D.10. Psychology

All about Psychology 

National Institute of Mental Health 

Mind Your Mind 

D.11. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

SciMed TV

Astronomy and Physics

Carl Sagan’s COSMOS  

Mars Exploration Rover Mission 

NASA Television 

Sixty Symbols  


The Periodic Table of Videos 

General Science

Bill Nye the Science Guy 

NOVA Education 

Robert Krampf Science 

SciShow News 

Science Channel 

Science Magazine

Sick Science!  

Vega Science Trust Videos 



Natural Sciences

Animal Planet  

California Academy of Sciences 

Garland Science 

National Audubon Society 

Nature Online Video Streaming Archive 

Wildlife Conservation Society

Wildscreen Arkive  



According to the Copyright law, any material created since 1926 is copyrighted and its use requires permission from the copyright holder.

Please read the "terms of use" for each website listed in this guide. If it states that the website is for personal use only, it's content cannot be used in classroom for teaching (even in non-profit institutions) or in public performance situations such as an event at the university.

There are a few exceptions, however. Some materials can be used freely if the copyright holders has given their permission for their works to be used freely or with a few restrictions. These works are called works with "Creative Commons" licenses. In addition, if the amount of the material used is small it falls into fair use for educational purposes in a non-profit educational institution.

Many audiovisual material created and performed before 1926 is in public domain and can be used freely. Attention must be paid for revised and edited versions made after 1926 for these materials that results in placing them under copyright protection.

Disclaimer:  UIW Library is not responsible for any of the content linked from these sites.  We cannot guarantee availability of the content they provide, nor assume responsibility for the functionality of these sites.

Media Librarian

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Farhad Moshiri
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Audiovisual Collection, Music Collection, Copyright. Library liaison to Art, Modern Languages, Music, and Theater Arts Departments
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