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Chapel Hill Public Library

A department of the Town of Chapel Hill

Streaming Video

We've listed a number of great free streaming video sites.  We also have  one free video download service.

Overdrive at NC Digital Library has almost 250 videos for download. All Overdrive videos require that you login with your library barcode number and PIN.

  • For Windows PC/laptops (no Mac), with transfer to many tablets and smartphones.  [ Help ]
  • Software required: Overdrive Media Console

NCLive offers instant video streaming of a number of your favorite PBS programs!  Just login with your library barcode number. 

  • NCLive Videos:  Over 550 videos from many different PBS programs and specials, including Masterpiece Theatre, Frontline, Nova, Ken Burns and more. 
  • For PC/laptops and any capable tablet or smartphone.  No software required.  [  FAQs ]
BookFlix (Library barcode required for access)
  • An online literacy resource that pairs streaming videos with related nonfiction eBooks. Designed to help children in grades PreK-3 develop and practice essential reading skills and to build a love of reading and learning.
PBS Video
  • In addition to the above programming through NC Live, additional access to Austin City Limits, Antiques Roadshow, PBS Kids videos and recent programming.
  • Please visit NCLive (above) for popular, archived episodes.
  • Science-related, documentaries
National Geographic TV
  • Primarily TV shows, documentaries, some feature films
  • Limited ads precede and are dispersed through playback
AV Geeks and The Prelinger Archive
  • Mainly documentary, non-fiction, short subject, art house, advertisements, public domain, newsreel, classroom films, historic ephemera
Snag Films
  • Documentaries, features, independent films, more than 850 titles
  • Brief ads precede and are interspersed through playback


Last updated: 26 January 2012