Swank Digital Campus provides institutional streaming access to feature films from most of the major studios (excluding FOX).  As a limited pilot, the Libraries have recently subscribed to this service.  Given the significant cost and trial status of the product, we are currently limiting license requests to 1-2 titles per a course/instructor, with criteria that the title be used for course integration only.  Further, a preference will be given for instances where the entire class is required to view the film (e.g., as opposed to providing a collection of titles for students to select from), and that requests are limited to no more than 1-2 per a class/instructor.  Additional licensing requests may be considered on a case by case basis, but please note that our initial goal is to offer this service to as many classes/instructors as possible, with additional consideration for fully online or hybrid classes whereby a Libraries DVD purchase may be less advisable.


For alternative use cases (e.g., courses that screen a number of feature films, courses where an instructor would like students to have access to choose from a large collection of feature films, and/or use of feature films for research purposes) it is advisable that patrons seek out commercial streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Video, iTunes, or Hulu where available.  To determine whether a streaming version of a title is currently available on one of these platforms, you may want to check out the website Can I Stream.It? Please note: this information is not always up to date, so it is wise to double check streaming service options directly for confirmation.

Please contact your subject librarian for Swank Digital Campus streaming license ordering information and allow at least 2-3 weeks for ordering (though access should be available sooner).

The following titles are currently available via our subscription to the SWANK Digital Campus (access requires UMN .x500 log-in):

  1. Moonlight
  2. The Truman Show
  3. The Matrix
  4. Gaslight
  5. Man of the Year
  6. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
  7. Crash
  8. Schindler's List
  9. Me and You and Everyone We Know
  10. Death in Venice


As a pilot subscription, to help us determine the benefits of this product and potential direction for future investment, we welcome your feedback on both the quality of the product of itself as well as its value in pedagogical contexts (e.g., having this streaming video available online was useful as all students were required to screen this film for a critical analysis writing assignment).  Please contact Scott Spicer (spic0016@umn.edu) with this feedback.  You may also contact Scott and/or your subject librarian with any additional questions/comments you have regarding this service.