Columbus Metropolitan Libraries are an amazing resource for so many reasons, and now there’s another perk – and this time its for movie lovers. Columbus Metropolitan Library card holders now have access to more than 30,000 films, for free – through streaming service, Kanopy.
Kanopy is an on-demand video platform that allows users to experience a curated collection of more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, through a partnership with more than 4,000 libraries around the world. More than 5 million Kanopy users can stream movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, see film-festival picks, and experience the best in independent and classic film, world cinema, and critical favorites. There are no commercials or fees for users — their libraries have it covered for them; all users need is a library card to get started. Apply for a Columbus Metropolitan Library card here; if you need to renew or replace your library card, please visit a Customer Service Desk.
Originally founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities, the service has recently become available in public libraries and access is rapidly expanding across the US, Canada and Australia.
What kind of movies will you find? Kanopy’s library is made up of 60% documentaries, as well as feature films, rare and hard to find titles, and classic films, with curated work from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. Some key titles include the Oscar nominated documentary, I am Not Your Negro, rare films like Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Two Days in Paris.
Kanopy can be accessed from leading devices and platforms, including Roku, Chromecast, AppleTV, iOS and Android. All available films can be seen here: https://columbuslibrary.kanopystreaming.com/.