Getting Started with Kanopy

Kanopy lets you stream classic cinema, indie films and top documentaries to your computer, phone or tablet.

What you need

Create a Kanopy account in a web browser (computer, tablet or smartphone):

  1. Go to Kanopy and select Add Library Card. Type in your library card number then select Continue.
  2. Enter your name, email address and a password of your choice. There is also an option to use your Apple account. Select Sign up.
  3. If you used your email account, sign into your email account and open the email from Kanopy (it may be in your Junk Mail folder). Select Verify My Email in the message. This will return you to Kanopy's website.

Create a Kanopy account in the Kanopy app:

  1. Open the Kanopy app and select Get Started.
  2. Select Find Your Library under Do you have a public library card?
  3. Select any Toronto Public Library branch from the list available or search for your local branch and select it. Tap on Select this library.
  4. Enter your Toronto Public Library card number.
  5. Create your Kanopy account by entering your email address and password of your choice. There is also the option to sign up using your Apple or Google account. Select Sign Up.
  6. If you used your email account, check for an email from Kanopy. Select Verify my Email in the message.
  7. Go back to the Kanopy app (if it did not open automatically) and select Watch Now to begin using Kanopy.

More information on using Kanopy is available on the Kanopy Help website.

A wireless connection is required to stream movies. Wireless internet access is available at all Toronto Public Library branches.

What kind of content does Kanopy have?

Kanopy provides access to films and series from top producers such as The Great Courses, BBC, PBS, The Criterion Collection, Warner Bros., Kino Lorber, and more. Kanopy also includes independent films, documentaries and foreign language titles.

Children's movies, television series and shorts are available through Kanopy Kids.

While Kanopy videos are always available, Kanopy content may change similarly to other subscription websites.

Kanopy and your privacy

In order to access Kanopy, you will be required to create a Kanopy account. Kanopy is a third-party service that is governed by its own privacy policy and practices, not the Library's. We advise that you consult Kanopy's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before agreeing to use this service.

Frequently asked questions

How many movies can I watch from Kanopy per month?

Until November 1, 2023: You can watch 8 movies per month. The number of movies you have left each month will display as Play Credits on the Dashboard when you are signed in.

After November 1, 2023: Toronto Public Library customers receive 16 tickets in their Kanopy accounts each month to borrow films and series. Individual films require 2 or 4 tickets to borrow and series will require between 2 and 5 tickets. Shorts are available to borrow for 1 ticket. Shorts are single videos with a running time of 30 minutes or less.

Hundreds of zero ticket movies and series are available on the Kanopy PLUS shelves. Kanopy Kids never requires tickets.

When does that limit reset?

Borrowing limits reset on the first of each calendar month.

If I don't use all my tickets in a month, do they carry over to the next month?

No. Unused tickets cannot be carried forward to the next month. Once a ticket is used to borrow a film or series, it cannot be restored for any reason.

How will I know how many tickets I need to borrow film or series?

Check the detail page on the film or series. Each title includes a label indicating the number of tickets needed to borrow that title.

How long do I have to watch a movie?

The borrowing periods for films and series range from 48 hours to 21 days. The detail page for each title lists the length of the borrowing period. The time left on an active borrow is indicated in the Continue Watching list.

Do I have to return a movie once I'm finished?

No, titles will expire automatically at the end of the borrowing period.

Are there age restrictions on using Kanopy?

Kanopy content is intended for library users aged 18 years and above. Please see Kanopy's Terms of Service.

Can I create my own video lists?

Yes. You can save titles to watch later by clicking on + My List. You can access the + My List feature by hovering over the title or clicking on the title. Titles will be added to your Watchlist.

Does Kanopy work on my TV?

Yes, the Kanopy TV app can be downloaded to many supported smart televisions and streaming devices. Visit Kanopy Help for more information about Supported browsers and devices.

What if I am unable to create an account or sign in to Kanopy?

Your library card may be blocked or expired, or you may have entered a child or teen's card number. If you have replaced your card since you first registered with Kanopy, you may need to update your card number in Kanopy. You can update this information yourself in your profile.

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