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At the Library: Who needs Netflix when you have Kanopy?

Great news! Kanopy streaming video service, which provides access to more than 30,000 feature films on demand, is now available from Yakima Valley Libraries.

Library users familiar with streaming platforms like Netflix or Hulu will be right at home exploring Kanopy, which combines an easy-to-use platform with almost instant access to documentaries, international films and independent films from leading producers including Criterion, Frontline, Kino Lorber and thousands of other indie filmmakers.

With Kanopy, there is a huge variety of titles and videos available to explore; we can almost guarantee that there’s something on Kanopy for everyone.

Or, for users who just want to explore and see what catches their interest, patrons can browse a selection of what’s popular on Kanopy, which currently includes “Collette,” starring Keira Knightley; Jonah Hill’s film, “Mid90s”; and the Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird,” which stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.

Other popular titles include Ken Burns’ Peabody Award-winning documentary “The Central Park Five;” Rungano Nyoni’s BAFTA award-winning film “I Am Not A Witch”; and classics like “His Girl Friday,” “Harold and Maude” and Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking sci-fi film “Metropolis,” which was produced in 1927.

How does Kanopy work?Each YVL cardholder gets five “play credits” per month, and most films check out for 72 hours (three days). Each film watched on Kanopy will use one play credit, regardless of the film’s length.

Play credits do not roll over from month to month, and once the monthly allowance of five credits is used, you will need to wait until the following month for your play credits to replenish.

Once a play credit is used for a film, you will have a full three days to watch the video as many times as you want without using another play credit, even if a new month starts and credits reset.

Kanopy KidsKanopy Kids is a family-friendly section of the platform where children, parents and caregivers get unlimited access to children’s movies, story times, TV shows and more while only using one play credit each month.

Public screeningsFilms on Kanopy come with public performance rights, which is amazing news for teachers, for example, who might like to use Kanopy in their classrooms — though there are a few restrictions.

Screening films in a group setting is permitted as long as the viewing is by authorized viewers and it is not for commercial benefit (i.e. no admission costs are charged and no profit is made from the screening).

Getting started With KanopyKanopy films can be streamed on a variety of devices and platforms, including iOS devices, Android phones and tablets, Amazon Fire tablets, Apple TV and Airplay, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Telstra TV, Chromecast and via HDMI cable from computer to TV.

Setting up an account1. Visit (or go to and find Kanopy on the e-Library drop-down menu).

2. Once in Kanopy, click the “Sign Up” button in the top right corner of the page.

3. Enter first and last name, a valid email address, and submit.

4. Go to your email account, open the verification email from Kanopy and click the “Verify Email” button.

5. Go back to and click the caution symbol that appears in the top right corner.

6. Enter your YVL library card number and PIN.

7. You’re now set up and ready to browse and watch! (Note: Your remaining play credits will appear in the top right corner of the Kanopy page).

If you have questions or need additional assistance setting up your Kanopy account, check out the Kanopy Help Page ( or contact your local community library.

Happy viewing!

• LeNee Gatton is collection development manager at Yakima Valley Libraries. Learn more at

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