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Documentaries are a big deal in our library. I don’t think a day goes by when one doesn’t cross the circ desk, get used on one of our streaming services, or get requested by a student or teacher.

SnagFilms is an amazing source of full-length documentaries (like the one above), offering yet another way to expand our collections in tight times.  You’ll find so much here, including such in-demand documentary features as this:

So much of this collection fits my high school curriculum as well as the independent learning interests of my students. 

You’ll find films like:

  • Human Footprint, by PBS, A remarkable look at what you consume during your 2,475,526,000 seconds on earth.
  • The Times of Harvey Milk The Oscar-winning documentary about the successful career and assassination of San Francisco’s first openly gay elected official
  • Chahinaz: What Rights for Women? (ITVS International) A 20 year-old Algerian woman wonders what life is like for women in other Muslim countries

Users may search the collection or browse the 650 documentaries A to Z or by channel or topic.

You’re probably wondering, "What is this lovely film gift really about?"  The site explains:

SnagFilms is committed to finding the world‘s most compelling documentaries, whether from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers, and making them available to the wide audience these titles deserve. is a website where you can watch full-length documentary films for free, but we’re also a platform that lets you “snag” a film and put it anywhere on the web. . .

SnagFilms can be summed up in four words: Find. Watch. Snag. Support.

Find. Whether using our custom search tools, browsing by topic, or tuning into one of the great channels provided by our partners, with a few clicks you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for.

Watch. By streaming films worldwide, on-demand, 24×7 and with no software installation or downloading required, we have radically expanded the audience for documentary films. All you need is a decent broadband connection. Just click play, go full-screen, and lean back and enjoy our films.

Snag. Widgets let you take your favorite SnagFilms with you wherever you like to go online. Open a virtual movie theater right in your webpage, blog, Facebook or MySpace page, or just about any other place online you can think of.

Support. At their best, documentaries don‘t merely entertain us, they engage and inspire us to action. We provide a link for you to a charity related to the topic of each film (many of them selected by the filmmaker) so you can get involved, immediately.  And just by embedding our widgets, you’ve donated your pixels and helped support independent film.

Thanks again to the folks at LII: New this week for another great lead!

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Kristi Amrine says:

    This is a great resource. I never realized how many resources are out there that I am unaware of. Documentaries are great to add to lessons or units to help students learn more about subjects. This is a awesome resource to target different learners. Often times I wish I had a video on certain subjects and this website allows me to have that option at my fingertips! VERY COOL!

  2. Mary Nordi says:

    I agree, this is a fabulous resource. Many times students will sit up and listen to something in the form of a video, instead of the teacher. This is a great way to reach more of out students.

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