The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free to all Cook Memorial Library card holders. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from A24, Criterion Collection, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides library 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. The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “Night of the Living Dead,” classic masterpieces like “Charade,” “Sands of Iwo Jima,” and “Seven Samurai,” award-winning documentaries like the Oscar-nominated “Kedi” and “I Am Not Your Negro,” as well as the Academy Award winner for Best Picture 2018 “Moonlight.”

Patrons also have access to Kanopy Kids which is billed as thoughtful entertainment for children aged preschool and up. Parents can trust a curated selection of educational and enriching videos on Kanopy Kids with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media, as well as additional parental controls to keep kids safe. Kanopy Kids features popular episodes of “Sesame Street” and other TV shows, hundreds of family friendly movies, and even animated children’s books like Mo Willems’ “Pigeon” and “Knuffle Bunny.” “We are thrilled to offer Kanopy’s diverse collection of films and documentaries to our library patrons,” said Kip Roberson, Cook Memorial Library director. “The subjects are far-reaching and certainly reflect the cultural interests of our patrons.” An added benefit of Kanopy is that all films in the collection come with public performance rights. “We will explore the possibility of having more movie events at the library so the community can enjoy and discuss these films together,” Roberson continued.

Cook Memorial Library patrons whose accounts are in good standing have the ability to stream up to 10 movies per month. Patrons accessing Kanopy Kids have unlimited viewing of that content. Accessing Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. More than 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema.

For more information about this and other library programs, please contact the library at 541-962-1339.