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!
Big Studio Blockbusters Coming Soon!
Kanopy is thrilled to announce that by popular demand, we will be partnering with more major film studios like Warner Brothers to provide your library access to hundreds of blockbusters, box office hits, and must-see award-winning films. These exciting new films will begin to appear on the platform in late August.
Our 2020 survey revealed that library partners overwhelmingly showed interest in providing access to more studio content that better resembles their DVD collections. So over the last few months, we’ve been working to make this a reality!
Trailers Coming to iOS, Android, and Smart TVs!
Finding your next favorite movie, documentary, or series is getting even easier with more devices supporting trailers! Starting Wednesday, July 28, Kanopy will introduce trailers to iOS, one of our most requested features. By the end of the quarter, we will also support trailers for Android devices and Smart TVs. Patrons and librarians will have even more options to quickly see if a video will be the right fit for an occasion.
Documentaries on Kanopy
Kanopy is excited to announce that they are adding hundreds of educational and acclaimed documentaries and historical series from A&E and HISTORY! Available today under Kanopy’s affordable pay-per-use pricing, patrons may access an entire series from these providers for just one credit and the standard 72-hour viewing period.
- COLD CASE FILES
- AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS
- LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WAR ZONE
- THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE
- THE SECRET HISTORY OF AIR FORCE ONE
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.