What is Kanopy?
Kanopy is a popular on demand film streaming service that will be available for free with your library card! You can get 4 titles per month.
Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.
With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides patrons 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 race, and current affairs.
Kanopy also offers Kanopy Kids, with categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime Favorites, Classic Films and Movies for the Whole Family.
At the start of 2020 Kanopy launched new toolkits to help patrons and viewers access theme-specific videos and movies. Each month a new toolkit shall be published; the tooklkits offer program guides and suggestions on what films to view.
Click here to view the toolkits.
Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting smythpl.kanopy.com.
NOTE: When logging-in to Kanopy it requires your Library Card Number and a Library Card Pin/Password. The Pin/Password is the seven digits of your phone number, or ten digits of your phone number if the number is out of state.
Casting from your device to a TV:
You can find detailed instructions on casting and using other apps on our help page here.
Still having trouble accessing Kanopy on your devices? Please view their support page for answers, click here to access the information; or give the library a call and we can try to help you solve any issues!
Check out Kanopy’s newest film additions, with thematic programming and more!
SPEAKING OUT AGAINST SOCIAL AND SYSTEMIC INJUSTICE
We believe in change through education and information, which is why we’ve curated a collection of films that highlight the historical social and systemic injustice towards the Black community, including the documentary based on James Baldwin’s rhetoric, I Am Not Your Negro; the film providing an unflinching look at the Ferguson Uprising, Whose Streets?; and the 3-part series examining racial biases, Race: The Power of an Illusion.
PRIDE MONTH: THE FUTURE IS NOW
Happy Pride Month! Kanopy is celebrating the culture, contributions, and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community with a curated collection of bright cinema, including Tongues Untied: Giving a Voice to Gay Black Men from Marlon Riggs, a well-known filmmaker who highlights issues within the gay community, the Black community, and where those two worlds intersect; United in Anger: The History of Act Up, an extremely relevant film offering essential history by people who lived through it; and Born in Flames, a radical work of queer feminist filmmaking that has lost none of its power or clarity of vision in 40 years. Celebrate Pride all month long with our digital toolkit, complete with social media assets and programming guides.