Watch Streaming Movies with our Newest Digital Media Resource: Kanopy!

By Jamie W. Wed, November 1, 2017

The Free Library is very pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new service to our cardholders. The popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy is now available at no cost with your library card! Free Library of Philadelphia card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on demand instantly. You will find a link to Kanopy on our Digital Media Portal

Cardholders will be able to access four films each month! Friday date night movies? Kids' sleepovers? Just a way to unwind with great films including movies from the Critereon Collection and Janus Films? We've got you covered. 

Offering what the New York Times calls "a garden of cinematic delights," Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries and acclaimed films, rare and hard-to-find titles, and classic films, with collections from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and PBS, among many others.

You can access Kanopy through a variety of devices and platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, iOS, and Android. Kanopy is also compatible for those with hearing- (with captions and transcripts) and visual-impairments (compatible with technologies such as JAWS).

With the motto "thoughtful entertainment," Kanopy provides access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere; and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race and current affairs. 

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro.

To get started, visit Kanopy and log in with your library card number and PIN. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Comments

Thanks!
SR OBrien Wed, November 01, 2017
WOO HOO!
Peter - South Philly Wed, November 01, 2017
Sounds like a good opportunity, but won't the data charges from your internet service provider end up costing more than if you just rented a DVD?
feudi pandola - philadelphia Wed, November 01, 2017
Thank you for providing this outstanding service!
John Funk - Fox Chase Wed, November 01, 2017
I am completely psyched about this!
Allison Kelsey - Philadelphia Wed, November 01, 2017
Thanks for having this service, can't wait to check it out!
Lutfiyah - Philadelphia Wed, November 01, 2017
I don't see where to enter library card # and pin...signup on the linked site requires facebook, google, or email address login.
badams Thu, November 02, 2017
Hi badams - I got confused at the same place. Once you enter your email address, Kanopy sends you a verification email and you need to click the link they provide. It is at that point that they ask for your library card number. Then your card number and email are associated and going forward you can sign into Kanopy just using your email and the password you make up.
Jamie W - Philadelphia Thu, November 02, 2017
I verified my email, and now it wants me to enter/find Free Library....on a list. When I type in "Free Library of Philadelphia," nothing happens. I logged out and tried again. Any ideas? thanks!
Allison Kelsey - Philadelphia Thu, November 02, 2017
I just tired it again, and it worked. I entered my library card #, then the shape of the field changed and a list of libraries came up. Weird. But I'm in! thank you.
Allison Kelsey - Philadelphia Thu, November 02, 2017
Is the free library only for people in the U S ?
Meena Reddy - Chennai Fri, November 03, 2017
Is there a workshop or anything for people who do not know how to begin?
Norma Silber - Philadelphia Fri, November 03, 2017
Hello Ms. Silber - we do not currently have workshops scheduled. Please begin by visiting our Kanopy site at the link we provide above. Then click 'Sign Up' at the top right of the screen. You will be asked to enter your name and email address, Kanopy will then send you a verification email and you need to click the link they provide. At that point Kanopy will ask for your library card number and you will be able to start watching films. If you have trouble signing up or using the site, please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of this page to send us an email. One of our librarians will help you one-on-one via email.
Jamie W - Philadelphia Fri, November 03, 2017
can a movie be paused and restarted if I have an interruption that needs attending to so that I don't lose any of the four credits
donald keyes - philadelphia Sat, November 04, 2017
Awesome!!!
William Lauer - Philadelphia Wed, November 08, 2017
Great!
Michelle - Philadelphia Tue, November 14, 2017
Great service. Thanks for offering. Love my local library. My librarians are so nice!
Sara - Olney Wed, November 22, 2017
WOW! the Free Library is becoming relevant and pertinent in/to the 21st Century.
Juanda - South Philly Sat, November 25, 2017
Heard about Kanopy this summer. Checked for Free Lib of Phila. It was not on list. Suggested it be added. You did it. Thank you.
Meg - East Falls Wed, November 29, 2017
Please send application for new library card. Lost old one
Frank engel - 9896 bustleton ave Sun, December 10, 2017
Hello Frank - you can apply for a new card in any of Free Library locations or online here: https://know.freelibrary.org/MyResearch/register
Jamie W - Philadelphia, PA Sun, December 10, 2017

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