Kanopy (NYPL Streaming Service)

The New York Public Library is providing access to a collection of over 30,000 films. All you need is an New York Public Library card, and ALL residents of NY are entitled to one. You can also access NYPL's other online offerings.

Take advantage of this service today by the following the steps below.
  • First visit nypl.kanopy.com or bklynlibrary.kanopy.com.
  • You will need to create a sign-in, and then punch in your library card number and PIN.
  • You can view up to 10 movies per month with an New York Public Library card, and 6 per month with a Brooklyn Public Library card.
  • Once started, you will have three days to watch each movie.
  • Videos are accessible with captions, transcripts, and compatibility with assistive technologies.
  • Films can be watched from anywhere, anytime, on smartphones, tablets, PCs and smart TVs.
  • Kanopy offers a broad selection of more than 30,000 feature films, documentaries, foreign language, and training videos. And yes, as part of the Kanopy subscription, you will have access to the Criterion Collection (around 400 movies), which focuses on licensing "important classic and contemporary films."
  • Don't have a New York Public Library card? You can get one instantly through the NYPL's SimplyE app; that card will get you immediate access to hundreds of thousands of NYPL e-books, but for physical materials and any other databases (like Kanopy), you will need to go to a branch, and "upgrade" your e-card to a full access library card.
  • More information on getting a NYPL card can be found here; and more on getting a Brooklyn Public Library card can be found here.