How You Can Stream Free Movies With Your NYPL Card
Library cards are unlocking more resources than ever. Starting today, any New York Public Library cardholder age 13 or older can stream video for free through Kanopy, an online video streaming service featuring thousands of independent, classic, and documentary films. Simply go to Kanopy (also available through the Library's Articles and Databases page) to create a sign-in, then enter a valid NYPL card number and PIN to get started.
Kanopy offers a broad selection of more than 30,000 feature films, documentaries, foreign language, and training videos. Additionally, as part of a Kanopy subscription, cardholders gain access to The Criterion Collection, which focuses on licensing "important classic and contemporary films." Now, for the first time, NYPL cardholders can stream these cinematic masterpieces and more anywhere, anytime, on smartphones, tablets, PCs and smart TVs - this includes Roku, iOS, and Android apps.
Kanopy subscribers can view up to 10 films a month; once a film is started, patrons have three days to watch it. Videos are also accessible with captions, transcripts, and compatibility with assistive technologies.
Don't have a New York Public Library card yet? New users can sign up for a Library card instantly from their mobile device through our SimplyE app, which grants immediate access to hundreds of thousands of NYPL e-books. To use Kanopy, check out physical books, and access the Library's databases, users can upgrade that card at their local New York Public Library branch. For more information on how to sign up for a Library card, check out our guide on how to apply.