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Swank Digital Campus

Swank Digital Campus

TO FACULTY: Andruss Library now offers access to streaming movies for academic use through its Swank Digital Campus portal. Swank partners with major Hollywood studios, documentary providers, independent filmmakers and international film companies to provide a diverse library of more than 26,000 films.

Upon the request of faculty, titles are selected for a one-year license period by the library to support of student learning. ***PLEASE NOTE: When content has been added to the BU institutional channel, the Databases A-Z link will go directly to the Swank Digital Campus Portal.***

Search the Swank Catalog to see available titles, or search and request a film through the Swank Digital Campus portal. First time users, create your instructor account using these instructions:

1. Access the Swank Digital Campus portal and at the prompt select Instructor.

2. Create your account: using your BU email (SSO). Verify your Swank account from your BU email account.

3. To search for a film, click on the link in the upper right corner to Visit Content Catalog

Or go to the Swank Digital Campus portal to find and request a film. Either use the search box in the upper right corner --

-- or use the Advanced Search screen --

4. Find the film and click on the request button below the film. At the prompt, complete the request form and click on Send Request::

The library will respond to your request within 2-3 days. When a film has been licensed by the library, you will automatically be notified by email.

5. You and your students will be able to view the film through the Swank Digital Campus portal using most standard web browsers, or by using the Swank Media Player app on a mobile device (see the box below for detailed instructions on mobile viewing). 

Viewing films from a mobile device

Viewing films hosted on Swank Digital Campus on a mobile device requires the Swank Media Player app, which is free to download for both iOS and Android devices. 

Once you have downloaded the app on your device, you must click "play" from your device's web browser. This will prompt the app to open and allow you to watch the film. 


If you have further trouble, see this list of frequently asked questions for viewing films on Swank. Or, you can always reach out to a helpful librarian for further guidance!

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