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Getting Started with Kanopy

Kanopy offers a large collection of high-quality films and documentaries from art-house classics to world cinema, all available to play on your PC, phone, tablet, and digital media player.

Starting on November 1, 2023, each client will have 12 tickets per month to watch films on Kanopy. Kanopy Kids is not included in the ticket system, and you can access its content without using any tickets

  • With this update, Next to the play button, clients will see how many tickets a title will use and how long they will have access to it before pressing play. 
  • Episodic content will be labeled so clients know they are getting an entire bingeable season for the ticket value.
  • Ticket-free content, including titles in Kanopy Kids, will be labeled as 0 tickets.

Depending on the title. You have 48 or 72 hours to finish a film after pressing play.   

To enable closed captions while watching a film, select the CC icon in the bottom-right corner of the video player.

To enable transcripts while watching a film, select the Enable Transcripts icon in the bottom-right corner of the video player.

How to I access Kanopy for the first time?

We strongly advise that you read Kanopy’s Terms and Privacy Policy before you sign up for an account.

To access Kanopy, go to our website and click on the link. 

Click on “Don’t have an Account yet?” and then fill out the required fields including your email address.

Go to your inbox and open the message from Kanopy to confirm your email address.

You will be directed to a page where it will ask you to enter your library card and PIN. 

Does Kanopy have a mobile app?

Yes.  A list of supported devices is available on their website

Kanopy can now be found in the Extras section of the Overdrive Libby app too.

Does Kanopy have a TV app?

Yes, A list of supported TV devices is available on their website

Can I download Kanopy videos?

Not at this time.  You must have an active internet connection.  Films can't be downloaded to your device. We also recommend streaming films over a Wi-Fi connection to avoid using a lot of mobile data. Using your phone’s data plan to stream videos on Kanopy is not recommended.

What if I have more questions?

Please consult Kanopy’s help page or contact support at:

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