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Kanopy: Faculty Only - How to Request a Video for Your Class: Requesting Videos


Only CSUSB faculty may request Kanopy videos.

Faculty: How to Request a Video for Your Class

The time to request a video is before the semster starts. If you wait too long, the Kanopy funds for the semester may already be depleted.

If you know the title of the video you want:

This is what the request form looks like:

Kanopy Request Form

The form asks for your name, email address, and how you would describe yourself. Faculty would select "Academic."

In the body of your message, please include the course number for which you are assigning this video.

After You Request A Video

You will receive a response to your request within 3 working days.

If your request is approved, the library pays a one-year license for the video, and the video appears on the library's Kanopy page. 

All CSUSB students, faculty, and staff may view that video for free for one year. When the license expires, the video disappears from the library's Kanopy page, and a faculty member must request the video again.

To Browse Videos

If you don't have a specific title in mind but you have a subject, you have a few options.

Approval Criteria

It is impossible for any library to license/purchase every curricular resource; therefore, we have selection policies that govern how we decide what to license/purchase. This is a summary of our approval criteria for videos:

  • Purchase/license price reasonable and funding available
  • Curricular relevance: highest priority is given to materials which are essential to supporting the curriculum. Essential materials are those that are required in the course.
  • Anticipated frequency of use
  • Availability of closed captioning


  • Interdisciplinary nature
  • Favorable reviews or awards
  • Reputation of the creator
  • Reputation of the distributor
  • Quality of technical production

Student Choice Videos for Assignments

If your students watch videos as part of extra credit assignments, or if you ask them to view videos of their choice as part of regular assignments, please direct them to use the videos we have already licensed.