PBS Video Press Release
The McGraw-Page Library is pleased to announce access to a comprehensive collection of video programming from the Public Broadcasting Service made available through VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia.   The collection contains access to over 500 hours of streaming video content from PBS, including video programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.   The collection contains 311 individual titles in 498 program segments that vary from 30 minutes to 1 hour in length.

This extraordinary video collection contains educational and cultural programming to support many course curricula, including:

  • History:
    • Ken Burns’s The Civil War
    • Influenza 1918
    • 1421, The Year China Discovered America?
  • Scientific research:
    • Cracking the Code of Life
    • The Brain
    • Private Lives of Dolphins
  • Probe philosophical and religious questions:
    • The Question of God: Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis
    • Truth or Consequences: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
    • Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero
  • Examine compelling issues:
    • The Global Marketplace
    • Teach Me Different
    • Equilibrium in a Mountain Habitat

The PBS videos are available via streaming only and are not available for download or copying. Each video has a low and a high bandwidth link and requires the Windows Media Player or equivalent.  Access to the videos is available through MaconCat, the library’s online catalog and requires RMC network login authentication. Access points include title, series, personal names, and subject headings. An easy way to search the entire list in MaconCat is with a keyword search of “PBS video VIVA.”

A full list of the PBS videos available through VIVA here.

VIVA is a consortium of the libraries of 73 non-profit research or higher education institutions in Virginia, whose mission is to provide enhanced access to library and information resources.   VIVA is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) and by investments from participating institutions.
For full VIVA press release, see

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