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Account Set-Up

► What types of memberships do you have? What do they offer?
We have two membership options. An Individual Subscription Plan and a Group Subscription Plan, both offer the same benefits. Vist our SUBSCRIBE page for more information on what you can access if you become a subscriber.

► How much does a subscription to Video Librarian cost?
• Individual Subscription Plan: Single User ($75.00 annually)
• Group Subscription Plan: Multiple Users (up to 20) for a Single Institution/Location ($125.00 annually)

► How can I pay for my subscription?
We accept payment by check, credit card and ACH transfer.

► How do I pay via credit card?

Video Librarian now uses Pico for credit card orders. 
 

• If you are paying via credit card for an Individual Subscription please click HERE.

• If you are paying via credit card for a Group Subscription please fill out this FORM and select "Credit Card" as your payment method. You will receive an invoice from Pico after submission.
 

*Please note that Pico is for credit card orders only. If you wish to use another payment method please read below.

► How do I pay via check?
Our process for this is changing slightly. Your account access will be set up after we receive your check payment.
 
• If you are paying via check for an Individual Subscription please message us HERE with contact information (email address, phone number, address, contact name, etc.). Please write "Check payment" in the subject line. We will send you a reference number (or an invoice if requested) after we receive your submission, please include this along with the check.
• If you are paying via check for a Group Subscription please fill out this FORM and select "Check" as your payment method. We will send you a reference number (or an invoice if requested) after we receive your submission, please include this along with the check.
 
Mailing Address:

Video Librarian
154 Mt Bethel Rd
Warren, NJ 07059

► How do I pay via ACH transfer?

  • Contact us HERE and we will request/provide the required information. Please write "ACH transfer" in the subject line.

► How do I get my username and password?

• If you paid with a credit card via Pico:

All subscriptions that are paid for through Pico are automatically active and you set up your own account. Our new login system uses a one-click magic link and does not require a password, but you may choose to set a password after you log in for the first time.
 
• If you paid with any other payment method:

Once payment is received you will get a notification email from us to activate your membership by verifying your email which will come with the subject “Video Librarian via Pico”. Membership will start the day you receive this email. Our new login system uses a one-click magic link and does not require a password, but you may choose to set a password after you log in for the first time.

► How do I log in to my account?
Click our VL logo at the bottom right of every page. That will take you to a sign up page, but if you're already a subscriber you can go to the top right of the page and click "Log in". You can save yourself this step by staying logged into your account.
 

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Finding Reviews

Where do I search for a film?

Our search bar can be found at the top right-hand corner. You can enter a film title, cast and crew name, distributor, or other keyword.

How can I search for a film based on a specific subject or genre?

Click here to go to our DISCOVER page. From there, click on the SUBJECT or GENRE you want. You'll be redirected to a list of all the titles with that tag. 

How did Video Librarian select what subjects and genres to tag films with? 

All subjects were carefully selected by the Video Librarian team based on the most significant academic fields. We curated the genre list based on popularity and local library offerings. These tags will give you enough diversty to build an extensive collection.

How are the film review pages organized?

The newest reviews are at the top of each page. Every review page follows a similar layout but is organized differently: 

Film is sectioned by genre

Documentary is sectioned by subject
Classic Film is sectioned by decade
TV is sectioned by format and genre
Childrens is seconted by audience level

Our robust layout encourages self discovery. The wealth of films on each page helps you find related ones that you may not be aware of. So, keep scrolling! You never know what you'll find. 

All film pages also include revelant articles—lists, or essays. You can also find this writing on the header by clicking ARTICLES.

What is your rating scale?

★ Poor (Not reccomended) 
★★ Fair (Optional purchase)
★★★ Good (Reccomended) 
★★★★ Excellent (Editor's Choice) 

How do you categorize documentaries?

K | Pre-school/kindergarten 
E | Elementary (grades 1-3) 
I | Intermediate (grades 4-6)
J | Jr. High (grades 7-8)
H | High School (grades 9-12) 
C | Colleges & Universities
P | Public Libraries

Public Performance & Digital Liscensing 

What does PPR and DRA mean?

PPR stands for "Public Performance Rights"


Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal rights to publicly show a film or video. Typically the media producer or distributor manages these rights. 


The rights-holder can assign PPR to others through a Public Performance License.

DRA stands for "Digital Rights available. Digital Rights are what a library needs to host a digital file a film on their secure server. The streaming license must be negotiated and acquired by the distributor or legal owner of the title.

What type of events do I need PPR for?

PPR are NOT required for:

Home viewing

Screening media in the context of face-to-face teaching in the service of regular curricula

Screening openly-licensed or public domain films

PPR ARE required for:

All screenings of copyrighted media to audiences outside of regular curriculum. Examples:

Student club events

Extracurricular sponsored events such as general lectures

Film series

Online teaching environments

Why is PPR required?

Showing unlicensed media, whether borrowed from the library or rented, purchased, or streamed, to groups outside of the face-to-face classroom may be illegal, and may place the offending library or university at legal risk.

Submissions 

Can Video Librarian review my film?

Please head to our SUBMISSIONS page to see our submission guidelines.

Can I submit my event to your event calendar?

Please go to our UPCOMING EVENTS page to submit your event or click HERE. We review all event submissions before they become public.