BBC video library now online

More than 1,500 of the corporation's educational, documentary and news films will be made available via Academic Video Online

An expanded agreement between ProQuest and BBC Learning gives libraries access to thousands of additional BBC Studios titles through the Academic Video Online subscription, the education-centred streaming video subscription service.

In the coming months, ProQuest will add more than 1,500 BBC Studios educational titles to Academic Video Online, and continue to add new titles in the future. Available in high quality streaming format, for use in research and classrooms alike, the latest additions include topical films such as Borderlands: Life on the Line, and Diana: 7 Days that Shook the World.

“BBC Learning has long been a gold standard source of quality educational video content,” said Matt Gallagher, assistant professor of information science and a librarian at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. “Adding even more BBC Studios titles to Academic Video Online confirms ProQuest’s commitment to procuring the best content available for library users and simplifying access into a single streaming product for libraries.”

The BBC titles join more than 65,000 movies, documentaries and training videos available in Academic Video Online. In addition, ProQuest will curate a selection of BBC video collections, to be published throughout the term of the agreement. These collections will be curated in partnership with content and archival experts from BBC Studios, showcasing previously unavailable content from the BBC archive. Collections will be curated in areas of academic interest, including science, technology, theatre, drama, literature, and more.

All BBC Studios titles in Academic Video Online have the rights to be shown and used worldwide. A selection of titles will be available to acquire perpetually through the Build by Choice program, allowing libraries to grow their permanent streaming video collections at no additional cost.