If you’re interested in viewing rare and hard-to-find classics, independent films and foreign flicks, the library’s new streaming service is your ticket. By adding Kanopy, an on-demand video streaming service, you can now view over 30,000 films and videos on any device. That’s on top of what’s already available through the Hoopla service that offers movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks and more.
Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases award-winning documentaries and acclaimed films; rare and hard-to-find titles; and classic feature films, with collections from Criterion, PBS, The Great Courses and Janus Films. New films are added weekly.
You can stream films through a computer, mobile device or your TV using AppleTV or Roku or Chromecast devices. Kanopy is also compatible for hearing-impaired (with captions and transcripts) and visually-impaired users (compatible with technologies such as JAWS).
With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides you with 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 current affairs. The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like “The Girl on the Train” and classic masterpieces like “Modern Times,” “His Girl Friday” and “Seven Samurai,” as well as award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro.”
All you need to set up an account with Kanopy is an email address and your DBRL library card. The service allows simultaneous use, so you can see any film anytime you want. Stream up to six films per month and view each film as often as you want over a three-day period. Start watching now.