Kanopy is a video-streaming platform dedicated to thoughtful and thought-provoking films.​

2008 – Founded to provide academic institutions with essential films that foster learning and conversation.​

2016 - Kanopy expanded its services to public libraries.​

2021 – Kanopy became part of the OverDrive family of brands.​

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Get To Know Kanopy

With Kanopy and a library card, you have a front row seat to 30,000 films without ads – Oscar winners, nominees, and cult classics – along with television and kids programming, all for no cost, brought to you by your local public or academic library.​

Kanopy is growing, but many consider it an undiscovered gem when compared to the big paid streamers. Kanopy is ideal not just for film buffs but for cord-cutters and anyone else who loves not paying for great content.

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For all other questions and inquiries, visit Kanopy Support.

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At a Glance

Libraries Reached, Worldwide
Countries Where Kanopy is Watched
Unique Titles Watched Per Month
Public Library Patrons where Kanopy is available
Large Colleges/Universities*
Filmmaker and Supplier Partners

Availability of titles may vary.

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Featured Titles

  • Documentaries
  • Independent Cinema
  • World Cinema
  • Kids' Shows
  • Classics
  • Award-Winning Film
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What They're Saying

Kanopy is the best entertainment platform I have signed up for in a long time. The fact that I've found a streaming service that provides me with all the international and indie movies that I always fear I've missed the window of watching in theatres or can't find on major streaming services…makes me VERY happy.”

Los Angeles Public Library Patron

Kanopy is absolutely amazing; I recommend it to everyone I know. Thank you for creating this fantastic service. It fulfills the legacy of the public library, in a very 21st-Century way. Bravo/a!"

San Francisco Public Library

I think Kanopy is fantastic and I instantly told a few other people about it. Your library is great —foreign, indie, docs, etc — the collection, in general, reflects a more intelligent, independent-minded sensibility about film. So needed at this moment in time!"

Toronto Public Library

I’m thrilled that there is a video resource that speaks to me on so many levels. I love foreign films, documentaries that explore culture, and indie movies. I feel Kanopy is a treasure trove of knowledge waiting to be explored. It’s very accessible and easy to use."

Dartmouth College

I’m thrilled by everything about Kanopy - from its content to its design, to its general sensibility. I’m a professor at both the film school at NYU’s Tisch and at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein. It’s one-stop shopping for a complete film education. If all my students watched Kanopy exclusively, they wouldn’t need me."

New York University

The films communicate ideas that have to be pondered, rather than simply absorbed. As a student, I have found Kanopy to be an incredible resource for exploring topics I normally wouldn't have time to learn about. Even though my degree is in computer science, I now have the chance to learn about other things I am interested in such as philosophy and history."

University of California, Irvine


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