Video e-Reserves

Video E-Reserves


What Videos are Eligible?

Only videos that are *owned by the Wellesley College Libraries* can be digitized for video e-reserves. If you need a video for course reserves that the library does not own, please use the Suggest a Purchase form and indicate that the item is for Reserves and should be digitized. 


Requesting Videos

Use the library's Video E-Reserves Request Form. Please indicate the date each film should be available for use by your students. Requests submitted without dates will be processed whenever possible in the order in which they are received. If a video you wish to use is not yet part of the Library's collection, please use the Suggest a Purchase form and indicate that the item is needed for Reserves and should be digitized.


Accessing Videos

Kaltura is our system for streaming video e-reserves content. This system appears as the Media Gallery tool in your course sites. In Sakai videos are available in the Site Library, and faculty can also organize content into Collections. In Google Sites the Media Gallery page contains a link to the playlist for the course. You can find more information on adding videos to a site and using the Media Gallery on our Sakai Media Gallery and Google Video E-Reserves pages.


Reusing Videos

Please submit the list of films you would like to use via the Video E-Reserves Request Form and include call numbers and dates for each film. If you need assistance in identifying films used in previous semesters, please contact


Questions About a Submitted Request?

Faculty will receive an email notification when their requested videos are available. To check on the status of a request, call the Instructional Technology Help Line for faculty- x4848 or email Please note that, due to volume, it may take several days to process requests, *especially at the start of each semester*.



Fullscreen Issue using Kaltura - Use Safari, or Workarounds for Chrome & Firefox
The fullscreen button on course reserve videos stopped working in Chrome and Firefox in Oct 2015 but there are workarounds. The fullscreen button continues to work fine in Safari and on iOS and Android mobile devices. For Chrome: While the video is paused/not playing, control-click or right-click the large white  triangle in the center of the screen. Select Open Link in New Tab. Go to the video in the new tab and the fullscreen button will now work correctly. For FirefocClick the full-screen button. Then, control-click or right-click inside the video and select This Frame --> Open Frame in New Tab. Go to the video in the new tab and the fullscreen button will now work correctly.
New Kaltura Features
The player for course reserves now lets you watch videos at .5 speed, 1.5 speed, or 2.0 speed. It also now works on mobile devices. You can also now see a tiny frame of the video as you move the cursor along the timeline (so you can more easily find the spot you're looking for). In Google Sites video playlists, you’ll see two clips at a time at the bottom of the screen. To see more videos, hover your mouse in the bottom right corner. A bar with an arrow will appear. Click the gray bar, and the next available video(s) will now show at the bottom of the screen.