Answered By: Mary Ann Cullen
Last Updated: Apr 26, 2021     Views: 3

Streaming videos in Kanopy and SWANK databases are licensed for a year (or occasionally, multiple years). Depending on when the license began, the license may expire during the middle of an academic year or the mid-semester. You may ask the subject librarian or Perimeter campus librarian about the expiration date and whether the license can be renewed. You may also check the expiration date yourself as follows:

In SWANK, the expiration date is located immediately below the film in the database. With some exceptions, SWANK films expire on June 30 because they are licensed by fiscal year. SWANK expiration dates are also available in the GIL-Find catalog record as described below for Kanopy films. 

For Kanopy films, you can check the expiration date in the library's GIL-Find catalog.

  • Search the library catalog for the title of the film. You may need to limit results to "Full access online" and "Video."
  • In your results, look for the catalog record that says "Kanopy" in it -- once you find it, click the Online Access link in the record.
  • In the View Online area you'll see the license expiration date. The screenshot below shows a film with the expiration March 19, 2022. Kanopy film expiration date shown in library catalog record
  • Kanopy films licenses can usually be extended by faculty request. Contact a librarian by subject or Perimeter campus to request an extension or use the Purchase Request Form, noting in the comments that the request is for a renewal.


updated 4/26/21 mac

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