Movie Performance License for School Libraries

Movie License Information for the School Years:  2022-2023 and 2023-2024

The Department of Libraries (VTLIB) was able to provide free Swank movie streaming for all Vermont schools for the past two school-years thanks to ARPA funding through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The streaming service was offered in addition to negotiated pricing for public performance licensing that schools could opt into. The IMLS ARPA funding was limited to two years which would have meant that streaming would no longer be available after October 1, 2022. 

To keep this much-needed service going, VTLIB approached the Agency of Education (AOE) for financial support. They agreed to support the service for another two school years (’22-‘23/’23-’24) using ARP ESSER state set-aside funds intended to expand remote learning opportunities to support a robust educational system that provide high quality learning opportunities despite geographic or other barriers. Public performance licenses will be included, for free, for all Vermont public schools. Schools will not need to opt-in or pay for these two school years. The other bit of good news is that, according to Swank, they will allow students to download movies to their computers.

AOE is currently in the process of setting up the new contract. VTLIB will continue to administer the service. In the meantime, the service will remain available without disruption. Please use your previous login credentials for the streaming service.

All VT public schools will automatically be licensed for public performances for the duration of this contract. The Department of Libraries will keep your license certificates on file. Please let us know if you need your copy. You are not required to display it at your school.

Please note that because this service is funded through one-time ARP ESSER state set aside funds, it will be available only through September 30, 2024. Schools that wish to continue the service after that time are encouraged to start seeking funding sources that will enable them to do so at the local level.

Unfortunately, licensing is not available for approved independent schools through this contract.  Independent schools should reach out to the licensing company directly to explore purchasing options.

Informational Webinars:

Swank Streaming + Licensing Q&A- Vermont Public School Libraries

Oct 6, 2022 3:30pm (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 816 5317 6015

Passcode: 393007

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User Information:

SWANK K-12 Licensing Page (copyright info, promotion ideas, and more)

SWANK K-12 Streaming Page (copyright info, promotion ideas, and more- please note this is NOT the portal for streaming. View the HOW TO LOG IN document for information about accessing the streaming portal.)

How to log in (Your streaming credentials will be the same as last year. Please let us know if you need to retrieve them)

Teacher Guide


  • What is the difference between the public performance movie license and free streaming?

Please refer to the SWANK FAQ for information on licensing.

  • Does the public performance license allow me to show streaming movies from the Swank platform?

Yes. You may show any legally obtained movies under the public performance license agreement.

  • How much does the public performance movie license cost?

Public performance licenses for the school years 2022-2023/2023-2024 will be included in the Swank contract and are free for all public schools. The Department of Libraries will keep your license certificate on file. Let us know if you need your copy.
Independent schools are encouraged to work directly with the movie licensing company to receive public performance lincenses.

For questions contact Janette Shaffer, Asst. State Librarian or Jonathan Clark, Consultant for Youth Services

Project offered in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Education and funded by ARP ESSER state set-aside funds.