Box of Broadcasts – TV and radio programmes for education

The Library subscribes to Box of Broadcasts (BoB), which is an on-demand TV and radio recording service. We can record from over 62 free-to-air channels, and staff and students can also access the online archive of over 2 million broadcasts going back to the 1990s.

What is BoB useful for?

BoB is useful for teaching and learning in many different subject areas. Teaching staff can request recordings of upcoming programmes and search the online archive of recordings, make clips (if desired) then embed them into Canvas (instructions for doing this are here: ). Content can also be played in lectures. Students also have access to the archive, which they can use to create their own playlists and clips. BoB could be a great resource for coursework and dissertations.

What does it cover?

BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and more. It is possible to view the (sometimes unique) content from BBC One and Two Scotland, and BoB also includes 10 foreign language channels (French, German and Italian), as well as content from the BBC Shakespeare Archive dating back to the 1950s.

How do I get access?

You can access BoB from the A-Z list of Online Resources via the University Portal. The first time you use BoB you will need to register with your name and email address. BoB works best in Chrome or Microsoft Edge.


Helen Beardsley

Academic Liaison Librarian