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FBCL Announces New Streaming-Video Service

May 2021

Access Video - girl watching movie on computer

Fort Bend County Libraries announces the addition of a new online streaming-video service, Access Video On Demand, to its eLibrary collection of digital resources. Library patrons will have instant, unlimited, 24/7 access to thousands of world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, independent movies, and helpful instructional videos covering a wide range of subjects.

This new video-streaming service includes two collections -- “Access Video on Demand: Master Collection” for adults and “Access Video On Demand: Just for Kids.” From arts and humanities to science, technology, and math, Access Video On Demand (AVOD) provides instant access to a wide range of subjects for library patrons of all ages. 

In the AVOD: Master Collection, producers such as the History Channel, HBO, BBC, Nova, A&E, and Ken Burns provide documentaries on topics like business, career planning, health, history, travel, and more! Library patrons can watch a Bob Dylan concert, go on a trip with Rick Steves, learn to bake with Julia Child, or work out with Jeanette Jenkins!

AVOD: Just for Kids provides thousands of age-appropriate, advertisement-free videos that children, parents, and caregivers will love. Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, PBS, and the Electric Company are a few of the many offerings that are available. Interactives games, puzzles, and quizzes are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young library patrons on this kid-safe media platform.

Access Video Just for Kids

Looking for homework help? AVOD: Just for Kids includes educational, historical, and popular content, with full transcripts of programs, a citation builder for bibliographies, and video-clipping tools that help the user embed the video in a presentation.

Library patrons need a valid FBCL card (or eCard) to access the service, and there are no check-out limits, waitlists, or overdue fines. Completely browser-based and mobile friendly, the streaming videos can be viewed on PCs, Macs, iPads, smart TVs, and other internet-enabled mobile devices. No app or special software is required.

It is possible to create an account with AVOD and create playlists for videos to be watched in the future. With an account, patrons may also pause videos and resume at a later time.

All videos come with public-performance rights for classroom or other public use, and new videos are added monthly.

To browse the AVOD collection of films, click on “ELIBRARY,” and scroll down to Access Video on Demand.

For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.