Best and Next Department Collection and State Library Resources

Watch Free Documentaries Online

Use the following links to watch high-quality educational documentaries online for free. All you need is a computer, television, or mobile device with an Internet connection.


Documentary Heaven
This site offers over 1,600 documentaries found across the Internet in a variety of subject areas.


Documentary Tube
This site doesn't host videos, but displays embedded full-length documentaries that can be searched by subject and playlists.

This site specializes over 250 videos exploring the work of non-profit organizations around the world and is organized by running time (from 3 minmutes to feature-length) and subject.

Through online streaming, this site offers viewers access to a national archive of hard-to-find independent documentary films about American folk culture and arts from different regions and communities. Some films include transcripts, teaching guides, or additional information.

PBS Video
PBS lets users view a number of high-quality documentaries online, including many American Experience, Nova, POV, and Nature programs.


SnagFilms offers over 5,000 free independent movies and documentaries to watch online or share with others. 


Top Documentary Online

TDF is an alternative educational resource for watching over 3,000 full-length documentaries online. Like Documentary Tube, it doesn't host videos but displays embedded media from other sites like Google Videos and YouTube.

YouTube Documentaries

This site is not affiliated with YouTube, but provides links (updated almost daily, and which can be browsed by subject categories) to the best free documentaries  available online. Viewers can also sign up to receive email notifications of new documentary releases and listings.