Introducing Kanopy!

Looking for more video-streaming options from your library? You can now access over 30,000 movies FREE through Kanopy!

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Love movies, documentaries, and educational videos? Want to watch critically-acclaimed films and TV series from around the globe? Log in with your library card and enjoy Kanopy's diverse catalog  with new titles added every month.

To sign up for Kanopy, click here (


What is Kanopy?

Kanopy is a video-streaming service that provides thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with no fees and no commercials by partnering with public libraries and universities. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover remarkable and enriching films, documentaries, instructional videos, and more on Kanopy.

To use this service, you will need:

  1. Your library card number and pin
  2. An email address
  3. A digital device (desktop computers are available at all branch locations, laptops can also be used at Dimond Branch and Chromebooks at Martin Luther King Jr. & Piedmont Ave. Branches)
  4. Internet access (wifi is available at all OPL locations)
  5. An internet browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. -and/or-
  6. Kanopy app for other digital devices (Android/iPhone+iPad/Kindle's Fire Tablet/Roku)

To sign up for Kanopy:

  1. Click here ( 
  2. On the top right corner of the page, click Sign Up 
    screenshot of Kanopy sign up
  3. Enter your information -or- log in using Facebook
    screenshot of Kanopy sign up
  4. An email from will be sent to the email account you used to sign up. Click on the Watch Kanopy Now! link.
  5. When you see this screen, it's showtime!
    screenshot of Kanopy sign up

The basics:

  • Watch up to 4 films per month
  • 3 days to watch each film (you can watch as many times as you'd like)
  • Your credits restart on the 1st of the month
  • Kanopy works on any device with internet access.

Catch up on Golden Globe winners & nominees, explore world cinema, learn something new, or watch something that might help you in your career development.

For access to our other video-streaming services, check out Overdrive and hoopla's movies and television shows. You can also access Kanopy  and our other digital services through our Online Services page.

Let us know what you think! What are your favorite picks on Kanopy?


Do I need to set up a pin for

Do I need to set up a pin for use only with Kanopy? I just got a new library card and do not recall getting a pin #.

@Helen - you can reset your

@Helen - you can reset your PIN online. Go to, Manage My Account (it's in the upper right corner), and click the "forgot your PIN?" link above the PIN field.

L.A. offers ten films a

L.A. offers ten films a month, and those from the Criterion library don’t count. Why doesn’t Oakland offer ten, and do Criterion films count for us? Thx

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