Kanopy is Back!

By Sharyl O. RSS Tue, January 17, 2023

The Free Library is very pleased to announce the return of Kanopy, the popular on-demand video streaming service that The New York Times has called, "a garden of cinematic delights." Kanopy PLUS, including Kanopy Kids, is now available at no cost with your Free Library of Philadelphia library card.

Kanopy PLUS (Public Library Unlimited Subscriptions) is a new service that offers library cardholders unlimited access to Kanopy’s collection of 3,000+ films. This service has no monthly viewing limits or watch tokens. Our Kanopy PLUS subscription includes films from the distinguished international film distribution company Kino Lorber and more.

Free Library patrons have unlimited access to films from all available Kanopy PLUS packs (film collection modules):

  • Favorites: A mix of patron and staff favorites that spans the breadth of the full catalog, including Joe Bell (2020), Howards End (1992) and Dial M for Murder (1954).
  • Easy Watching: Fun, charming, and delightful titles that engage and entertain, such as My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010), Charade (1963) and Life Animated (2016).
  • Diversity: A broad range of popular and compelling narrative films and documentaries that focus on diverse stories and storytellers, including Miss Juneteenth (2020), Whale Rider (2002), and Ken Burns: The Central Park Five (2012).
  • World Cinema: International titles that span comedy, drama, romance, and more, including Transit (2018), Nowhere in Africa (2001), and Downfall (2004).
  • In addition, all Free Library cardholders have access to some 300 titles in the Kanopy Starter Pack — which includes Cannes and Sundance favorites, Academy Award-winners, and classic films — and 2,000 titles in Kanopy Kids!

Getting started with Kanopy is simple, but for those of you who would like to pick up where you left off, you should still be able to use your existing account (unless you specifically requested that Kanopy delete it). If you already have an account, you will be able to reactivate your membership by clicking on the orange "Add Your Library Card" prompt and then supplying your library credentials. If needed, you may reset your Kanopy password.

Please note that you will need a Free Library card to access Kanopy. If you do not have one, you can sign up for a library card today.

You will find a link to Kanopy on our Digital Media Portal or by going to freelibrary.kanopy.com You can stream Kanopy PLUS films from Roku, iOS, and Android devices using the free Kanopy app, which is available from your device's app store.


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This is fantastic news! I'm so proud to be an FLP donor!
Yvie Rocks - Southwest Philadelphia
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Thank you! This is such a wonderful library.
C. Carter - North Philadelphia
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Wonderful news! Thank you!
Cathy Goodwin - Philadelphia
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

I have a library card and want to sign up for Kanopy. What is my pin number?
Kathleen O'Neill - Philadelphia
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Just tried to activate my old account. It tells me FLP is an inactive library for Kanopy. When will this be available?
P. Silvestro - Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Never mind. I've got it now.
P. Silvestro - Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Hi Kathleen, you can have your PIN emailed to your email address by clicking on the Log In button on our website (upper right of our homepage) on the Forgot PIN? Link, and by completing the form. If you do not have an email address associated with your account, please go in person to one of our libraries with your library card and current ID. Thanks!
Sharyl Overhiser - Free Library of Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Thank you for bringing this service back- wonderful!
AG - South Philly
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Kevin N - Philly
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Yesssssssssss -- thank you!
nico b. - Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Wonderful News - Thank you
R. LeCompte - Philadelphia
Friday, January 20, 2023

Our Libraries and Our Librarians Are The Best..Thank You For Your Service
Janet McAllister Faulls - PHILADELPHIA
Friday, January 20, 2023

The loss of Kanopy was terrible. I am VERY grateful to have it back. Thank you to whoever or whatever made it happen.
Janet G Potter
Saturday, January 21, 2023

Updated Password. Still unable to access Kanopy. Had a Kanopy account in the past. Was informed my pin was incorrect. Tried to enter using updated password but still could not get in.
Kathleen McGettigan
Saturday, January 21, 2023

I'm so glad to see this wonderful resource back! I'd love to have Hoopla back as well! Oh, and free Inquirer and NY Times is also awesome! Thank you for continuing these great services! Not all of us can afford the likes of Netlix and such.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Am very delighted to see that Kanopy film service has ben restored.
Dorian A Roffe-Hammond - Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

I am so happy that they are back. I would like to join. How do I do it?
Patricia Nasuti - South Philadelpia
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Hi Patricia, Go to: https://www.kanopy.com/en/freelibrary and register for a Kanopy account by entering your information, including your Free Library library card number and PIN. Happy viewing!
Sharyl O. - Free Library of Philadelphia
Friday, January 27, 2023

Many films are no longer available. I was searching for Fritz Lang's M (1935), but it is not accessible via my account. It shows up when logged out. Also I wanted to watch Examined Life Series (Intelecom) which is missing as well. Is there any chance that more videos will be available in the future?
George H - Philadelphia
Sunday, February 26, 2023

Hi George, Thank you for your comment. The Free Library's current Kanopy subscription [Kanopy PLUS (Public Library Unlimited Subscriptions), a new service that offers library cardholders unlimited access to a 3,000+ films that are subset of the Kanopy collection] does not contain all the Kanopy titles, due to cost factors, but they will refresh about 20% of the titles in our subscription over the year. We hope to add more film subscriptions with other vendors over the next few months, which will increase the number of films available to our patrons. Thank you.
Sharyl O. - Free Library of Philadelphia
Monday, February 27, 2023

I have the Kanopy ap on my iPhone but isn't there some way to get it on infinity? It's not listed on there and many other libraries have the websites to use to get to Kanopy but not FLoP. Help?
James Warden - Philadelphia
Thursday, June 22, 2023

Hi James, do you mean Xfinity - the cable service? If so, you could connect your computer to your TV via either a cable (such as a HDMI) or connect wirelessly (the setup varies by brand of computer and TV) so you can watch the films on your TV. If you have further questions or my response doesn't answer your question, please contact us at https://libwww.freelibrary.org/contact/. Thank you for reaching out!
Sharyl O. - Free Library of Philadelphia
Friday, June 23, 2023

I have discovered that I cannot log in anymore. Can someone help me?
Juliet Thomas Beckett - SANTA CRUZ
Saturday, February 24, 2024

Hi Juliet, It could be several things. 1) Please try to re-enter your library card and PIN into Kanopy as if you were a new user. 2) Your library card may have expired. Log in here to see: https://catalog.freelibrary.org/MyResearch/Home. If you continue to have issues, you can contact us here: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/contact/. Thank you!
Sharyl O. - Free Library of Philadelphia
Monday, February 26, 2024