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Streaming Video at Brock University Library

Changes to Kanopy

Due to unsustainable rising costs, beginning on September 8, 2020 Brock University Library switched our access model for Kanopy streaming video service to mediated mode.

Until now, Kanopy has been in "Patron Driven Acquisition" (PDA) mode. In PDA mode, the entire Kanopy catalogue is open, but after a certain amount of viewing of a title, a 1-year lease of the film costing between $75 and $150 is automatically triggered for the library.

Kanopy costs have been steadily growing over the years, but have increased dramatically since March 2020, finally leading us to make the difficult decision to mediate access.


What does mediated access mean for you?

  • In order to view an unleased film, Brock faculty, students, and staff will need to submit a film request form. This can be done directly on the film's page in Kanopy.
  • We will continue to lease Kanopy films by request for course instruction and focused research. 

  • You can see a list of currently leased films and their license expiry dates in the "Current Kanopy Licenses" tab on the left.


Our sincere thanks for your understanding as we make this change

We understand how popular streaming video has become, and how valuable it is as a learning resource, particularly in our challenging COVID-19 circumstances. We regret having to make this change. However, PDA and its growing costs are not sustainable. Mediating access will allow us to sustain our budget, and ensure we continue to have the capacity to lease Kanopy and other streaming video titles for purposes that need them most: course instruction and focused research.

Information for Instructors

If you plan to use Kanopy films for course instruction in an upcoming semester, please search for the film in OMNI or check the list of currently licensed films. If you do not find the film there, or the license expiry date is before you require the film, please submit a purchase request via the film's page in Kanopy or via the acquisition request form at least one week in advance.

Further Reading

Brock is not the first institution to make this difficult decision to limit access to Kanopy despite its popularity. See the resources below for more information about Kanopy's challenging model.