Planning a movie night?

March 3rd 2016
boy in movie theater with bag of popcorn

What are your plans for spring break? How does a movie night sound? Even if you don't have Netflix and don't feel like traveling with a pile of DVDs, the Libraries have you covered.  There are over 35 streaming databases with access to over 155,000 video resources that include popular and/or entertaining films - these are just a few of them. All you need is an internet connection, your IU login, and some popcorn.

Swank Motion Pictures - Includes a number of fairly recent feature films as well as some that are older. Titles include American Sniper, Blackfish, Boyhood, Citizen Kane, Despicable Me, Malcolm X, Vertigo, and more. Note: You must install Silverlight in order to view Swank videos. Supported browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

Theater in Video - Over 250 filmed performances of major plays as well as film documentaries. Titles include Alice in Wonderland, The Good Doctor, The Iceman Cometh, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Steambath (featuring Bill Bixby of Incredible Hulk fame), To Be Young, Gifted and Black, lots of Shakespeare, and much more.

Criterion Collection/Janus Films - This resource presents a number of important classic and contemporary films. Titles include Breaking the Waves, A Brief History of Time, A Hard Day's Night, Stagecoach, and more.

World Newsreels Online - This collection of streaming videos includes full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the first half of the twentieth century (1929-1966). If you're spending the holidays with older relatives, this might be a great way to get them to tell stories about how national and world events impacted their lives!

New World Cinema - If your tastes run to the independent, international, and eclectic, this resource is a treasure trove. It includes independent features and shorts from 1990-present, representing dozens of countries. Many of the films received or were nominated for major awards.

For more streaming video suggestions, visit the Media Services department's page, and choose the "Online Streaming Videos" link. And don't forget the popcorn!



  • Building Access Use ground level, north entrance of the Wells Library. This entrance has electronic doors. Entrance electronic doors are also available at M&RS, and at ground level bathrooms. Building Access
  • Media Showing RoomInstructors can make arrangements to show a film to large groups. Instructors can reserve either E174, 043, or 044B in the Wells Library. To schedule Room 044B, contact the Black Film Center/Archive at 812-855-6041. Media Showing Room
  • Reserve ServicesLibrary-owned and personal copy media items can be placed on reserve. One media item may be checked out and viewed in-house. Loan length for print reserves varies. Reserve Services
  • TechnologyA VHS-to-DVD converter machine is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Technology
  • Quiet Study SpaceAn open area is reserved for quiet study only. Quiet Study Space
  • ATMATM is located outside the cafe in the basement of the library. ATM
  • PrintingBlack & white page prints with print release station. Color printing is available on first floor of the Wells Library. Printing

Contact Info

Wells Library E046
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-1650
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Monique Threatt - Head
(812) 855-1650

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