Online Instructional Use of Media Collection

COVID-19 update:
We are currently not able to place physical items on reserve, but we are able to process streaming requests that adhere to the guidelines outlined below.

Our service:

  1. Accepts requests for materials that are integral to your teaching goals and not supplementary or optional for those goals and for your students.
  2. Reviews your request for Canvas use of audio/video media that we own, or you own, and if approved provides access in streaming form within your course site.


YOU MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE REQUEST FORM FOR EACH TITLE REQUESTED. Processing time will vary upon demand. Typically, we receive a high number of requests at the beginning of each semester so please plan accordingly.

Submit your request(s) here.

(JMU eID and password required)

It is incumbent upon course instructors to use copyrighted material in a way that complies  the provisions of the TEACH Act as codified in 17 U.S. Code § 110. Decisions regarding the use made of the copyrighted material remain the sole responsibility of JMU faculty or staff members requesting  content or services from JMU Libraries; however, we provide the following guidance.

For information about  the TEACH Act, please refer to

To briefly summarize the limitations the TEACH Act places upon us, in order to ensure that copyright holders’ rights are respected, and JMU and/or its employees are not placed in the position of being potentially liable for copyright violations:

  • The TEACH Act does not allow for the digitization and streaming of “highly creative works” in their entirety. Such works would include popular, mainstream movies, but also any type of movie that is a work of fiction, or includes creative, dramatic elements or artistic endeavors like dance or musical performance. Only a very small portion of a highly creative work may be streamed.
  • In streaming a very small portion of a highly creative work, there must be clear, pedagogical outcomes attached to the use and access must be strictly limited to students enrolled in the class. The students must be emphatically reminded not to copy or redistribute the copyrighted material.
  • Some documentaries can be streamed in their entirety in compliance with the TEACH Act, although all the requirements of a clear pedagogical purpose, and the need for a copyright notice, etc, continue to apply.
  • In all instances, it is preferable to rely on lawfully licensed streaming video, as opposed to the TEACH Act. Possibilities would include referring students to existing and affordable streaming platforms (Amazon Prime, Netflix). Liaison Librarians – –  can advise on acquiring licensed content to be made available through JMU Libraries.

If the media is available for purchase from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu or any similar provider for a reasonable fee, then please direct students to purchase media, rather than making streaming requests.

JMU Libraries may choose to purchase streaming media rather than providing LMS streaming services; course instructors can then refer their students to identified sections of the streaming media for instructional purposes.

Please Note:

This service is not a library e-reserves service. For those types of requests please visit the Course Reserves page.