Canvas: Adding Library Multimedia Resources


This article describes how to link and embed multimedia resources in a Canvas course. If you have requests for videos to go on Library Reserves, please send a request to the Multimedia Desk at More information at



Task: This article describes how to link and embed multimedia resources in a Canvas course.


To Link Multimedia

1. From within the desired course, in the course menu select Modules.

2. To create a new page within the desired module:

  1. Click the + icon at the top-right of the module pane.
  2. Select "Page" in the resulting window as depicted below. 
  3. Select "Create Page" in the window below the drop-down box.
  4. Enter the page Name in the resulting "Page Name" box.
  5. Click "Add Item" at the bottom-right of that window.

Screenshot of adding a Page to Canvas

3. Back at the Modules page, click on the title of the new page you just created in the modules menu and click "Edit" at the top-right.

4. In your new Page, type any description you may want in the Rich Content Editor such as; "Here is a link to a video named _________." It is a best practice to include contextual information such as the significance of the video to the learning or course objectives.

5. Click the hyperlink icon myCourses hyperlink icon and select External Link and paste or type the link in the resulting box.

6. Click "Save" at the bottom right.


To Embed Multimedia

1. Follow steps 1-4 in "To Link Multimedia" above.

(Please note that you can directly embed YouTube content by clicking the "Plug" icon and select YouTube to add to the Rich Content Editor and following the prompts.)

2. Click on "HTML Editor" at the bottom right. HTML Editor in Canvas Place your cursor at the end of the html code and paste the embed code into the window.

html editor

3. Click on "Rich Content Editor" at the top-right to change back to the RCE view to see the video.  You may have to select Save before you see the final video display.

4. Don't forget to click "Save" at the bottom right.


Users should be able to link and embed multimedia resources in a Canvas course.

Need additional help?

Please use this link to the Technology Help Desk to locate your local campus contact information.  Use the “Submit a Question” for your campus to enter an online support request.  



Article ID: 880
Fri 7/19/19 5:40 PM
Wed 6/5/24 2:46 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
Keene State College (KSC)
Plymouth State University (PSU)
University of New Hampshire (UNH)