This week, four major library systems in the United States and Canada joined the Kanopy video streaming network.

The library systems in the news this week range from smaller operations to major metropolitan libraries:

The LA County Library alone serves more than three million people. New York, Boston, Phoenix and many other library systems are in the Kanopy network as well. That gives Kanopy a larger potential audience than many on-demand streaming services.

Have Library Card, Will Stream

On a regular basis, more than five million people access Kanopy’s catalog of over 30,000 films, documentaries and TV shows.

Free of charge.

The catalog aligns with the educational mission of Kanopy’s customers:

  • Fritz Lang’s 1927 Metropolis.
  • Persian-language vampire flic A Girl Walks Home at Night.
  • PBS Nova documentaries.
  • The Great Courses video lectures.

Accessing this content requires nothing more than a library card and an app. You can get Kanopy on your iOS, Android, Apple TV or Roku device.

Chris Casper is a former tech industry product manager who escaped from California for New Mexico. Now he writes about science and tech while searching for the perfect green chile sauce.