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Media Resources: Film Leasing Policy

Updated Film Leasing Policy (August 2023)

Attention Instructors:

Due to the university's budget reductions for Fiscal Year 2024, the library has had to cut the collections budget by $100,000. Adjustments to library expenditures on materials that support the curriculum are necessary, including reducing the amount expended on leasing streaming films.  

Beginning July 1, 2023, the library can only consider requests for a streaming film if viewing the film is a course requirement. Such requests must be submitted by the faculty member teaching the course using the library purchase request form. The library will lease up to 3 films per course (or 3 sections of a film series) if the film is for a general education (True Blue Core) course, an online or remote course, or a blended (hybrid) course. For other on-campus or on-site courses, the library will only lease a film if it is for more than one course or more than one section of a course.

For requests that do not meet the above criteria, the library will purchase the film on Blu-Ray/DVD if available. The library has a Blu-Ray/DVD player available for in-library use. Enrolled MTSU students may borrow a laptop and external optical drive from the library's Technology Service Desk on the first floor.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. The pricing models used by Kanopy and Swank only allow the library to lease access to a film for 365 days. In most cases we do not have the option to purchase ownership; therefore, we have recurring costs for these films in order to provide continued access. The criteria above provide an equitable and sustainable way for the library to manage costs and continue to provide access to films in support of the curriculum.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the acquisitions librarian, Suzanne Mangrum, at

Revised August 10, 2023