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Kanopy - Free High-Quality TV and Movies

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The library does more than just lend books. It also provides a full-blown streaming service with a wide selection of movies, classics, TV shows and documentaries. These are available for free with a library card. Here's how to start streaming programs and movies from your library's collection.

Kanopy is a free video streaming service. They have tens of thousands of movies and TV shows in just about every genre. They work with public libraries and universities to provide ad-free high-quality entertainment.

What do they have?

A browse of the options through Washington County Libraries shows these sections: Featured, New Additions, Popular This Month, Academy Awards Winners and Nominees, World Cinema.

They also have these genres
Drama, Documentaries, TV Series, Family Friendly, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation, Thriller, LGBTQ Cinema, Short Film, Directed by Women, Classic Cinema, Action & Adventure, Experimental/Alternative Media, Instructional

In case you are wondering where their mysteries are, they are under the Drama genre, subsection Crime Drama. There are more mysteries than I can count.

Streaming Services Offering Kanopy

The app and service are available from: Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, FireTV, FireTablet, Samsung smart TV, Apple Store app (iPad and iPhone) and Google Play (Android devices), Fire Tablets, and computers through your browser. I watch on my Roku TV, but could watch on my tablet or computer as well. I assume providers like Comcast also offer the Kanopy app.

How to Get It

Use a library card for any participating university or public library. I use the Washington County Cooperative Library Services with my Sherwood library card.

How do I get started?

Click here: To sign up with your library card. If you don't have a library card, pop into your nearest local library and get one.

But wait, there's more!

Our libraries offer ebooks you can read on your tablet or ebook reader for free. I created a huge wish list at Kobo, then I can check them out from the library with my Kobo Ebook Reader. Kobo built in the library app. Otherwise, you can use the Libby app on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire Tablets, and laptops or desktop computers. Just log in to the app with your library card. Audio books are also available.

When you find a book which is available, just check it out. It will immediately download to your device and return itself in three or four weeks unless you click return sooner.

Date: October 2023

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