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Course Reserves: Media/Streaming Reserves Info

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  • Click Request for Course Reserves (Faculty only)
    • Fill out the online form

PDF Forms:
Media Reserves
Streaming Reserves

In Person:
Hamilton Library Circulation Desk

Physical copies

Physical copies may be put on reserve.  Physical copies include media that is owned by Hamilton Library and by faculty .

Although media belonging to other libraries will not be put on reserve in Hamilton Library's Wong Audiovisual Center, we encourage you to include the titles on your Media Reserve List and we will purchase them as funds allow.  Please allow a minimum of two months for media that needs to be purchased to be received in Hamilton Library.

Media will be on reserve for the entire semester with a default loan period of 3 hours.  Faculty and designated Graduate Assistants may borrow items on reserve for their course on an extended loan period.

Faculty who wish to borrow items on reserve for another faculty member may do so by getting written permission from them.

Streaming Video

Streaming videos may be put on reserve. Streaming videos are available through UH Library subscription. Restrictions apply; see below.

Before making a request for streaming video, please look over our extensive available streaming resource database.  Unfortunately, not all of the databases are searchable via the library catalog.

We will digitize and stream videos on Laulima under the following guidelines:

  • UH Mānoa Library or you own the video(s)
  • Is/Are only shared with students in your course
  • Is/Are required to be seen by all enrolled students in your course
  • Is/Are directly related to course study *NOT for student work outside of class or extra credit
  • After a reasonable search, the streaming version is not available from commercial vendors for individual viewing or educational license                                                 

We reserve the right to refuse to digitize films that have the potential to violate the UH Mānoa Library policy and/or current copyright laws.  Personally recorded media from off-air sources or dubs from commercial media must be accompanied by written copyright approval.

When we receive your request form, we will search for a legally streaming copy of the film.  If one is found, then we will purchase a streaming license for it, as funds allow.  If you are already aware that a video is available via an educational streaming license, then please let us know.

Subtitles and captions will automatically be added to videos when they are available, unless specifically requested otherwise.  When a video does not have subtitles, you can email for subtitle requests.  Manual subtitling for ADA compliance format can take up to six weeks.  Only films in English of Spanish dialog are required to be subtitled.  For videos available from subscription services, subtitles may or may not be available from the service providing the video.  For videos obtained through Digital Site Licenses, captions and subtitles cannot be altered due to digital rights restrictions.

If we do not own a copy of a film that you would like to have in streaming format or is not available for streaming online, then we will purchase a DVD copy, as funds allow.  Please allow a minimum of two months for media that needs to be purchased to be received in Hamilton Library and an additional 3-6 weeks for the DVD to be digitized.

For each semester, at the earliest, streaming videos will become available the first day of classes, and will be removed at the end of final exams.

If a video is already available on commercial streaming services such as Amazon or Netflix, we will not digitize the video.  We believe from a Spring 2016 survey that between 75-90% of undergraduate students at UHM have access to Netflix; those who do not currently have access can either watch the film on physical reserves or sign up for Netflix for the semester, often for less than the cost of a textbook.  Amazon digital movies can also be rented individually for a small fee.

Please contact Vicky Lebbin (, Interim Associate University Librarian, Office of Planning, Administration, and Personnel, if you have any questions or concerns.


Please send us an e-mail if you have any questions or would like to know more about our services.

e-mail: Media/Streaming Reserves

Phone: 808-956-7203