Movie Performance License for School Libraries

2020-2021 School Year


The Vermont Department of Libraries is pleased to once again offer discounted public performance licenses, as well as a FREE streaming option to all eligible Vermont K-12 schools. The public performance license from Movie Licensing USA/Swank Motion Pictures allows schools to show films from several well-known studios for non-educational purposes and still comply with copyright law. The 2020-2021 license will be valid from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

The streaming option is available to all Vermont public and approved independent schools for the next two years. Streaming will be available for free to all schools, regardless of whether or not they purchase the regular Swank movie license.

We are making the streaming option available for this time period to provide school librarians and teachers with resources their students can access remotely. It is funded, in part, through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

*Sign up for site licenses is now closed.*

However, you can still sign up for free K-12 streaming here:



ADDITIONAL FAQ's (Check here for additional answers to FAQs)

HOW TO LOG IN (You will not be able to log in until you receive streaming credentials - please be patient as those requests are processed)


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

Please view this graphic to see what can be done with the public performance movie license (which is building/site-specific) and the free streaming service.

If your students are totally remote, you most likely will not need to purchase a public performance license, as this license covers eligible films shown in the school building.

However, if your students are in the school building at least some of the week, you most likely will need to purchase a license to be in compliance with copyright law unless the only films shown in the building are for educational purposes and supporting curriculum (no recess/reward movies, etc.) and during school hours.

  • What titles are available with the streaming service?

Coming soon.

  • Do I have to purchase a public performance license to sign up for free streaming?

No. The free streaming service is being offered to all public and approved independent schools, regardless of whether or not a public performance license is purchased.

All purchased public performance licenses also come with the free streaming service.

  • How much does the public performance movie license cost?

150 students or less:      $160 per school
151 - 300 students:          $185 per school
301 - 500 students:          $196 per school
501 - 1000 students:        $200 per school
1001 - 1500 students:      $220 per school
1501 students or above: $234 per school