What's Kanopy?

Kanopy is a video streaming service for libraries with one of the largest and most unique collections in the world, featuring over 30,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.


Kanopy’s motto is "thoughtful entertainment" - seeking to provide library patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere.

Kanopy is also committed to diversity, with an amazing array of foreign language films and films on race, LGBT and other. Kanopy’s films are also compatible for the hearing (with captions and transcripts) and visually impaired (compatible with technologies such as JAWS).

Follow these instructions to get started:

  1. Go to irving.kanopystreaming.com and click on the orange Sign up button.
  2. Enter your first name, last name, email address and create a password, then click Sign Up.
  3. Go into your email and open up the Kanopy message to verify your email address.
  4. Go back to your web browser and add your library card number and PIN.
  5. Start watching videos!

[Download instructions (PDF)]

Service Details:

  • Kanopy is free for users with a current Irving Public Library card.
  • Kanopy is available on devices with an internet connection and web browser.
  • Kanopy is also available through media streaming devices including Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku. [Download Instructions (PDF)]
  • Movies and videos can be watched up to 72 hours after check out.
  • Movies and videos are streaming only.
  • Users are limited to 7 checkouts per month.
  • Movies and videos include public performance rights.

For more details, check out the Kanopy Viewer FAQ.

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