Watch over 26,000 films on Kanopy!
Kanopy is a streaming movie service, free to Decatur Public Library patrons, with lots of children's videos, including animated story books, popular kids TV shows, and educational content.
You can watch up to 20 videos per month. You will receive 20 play credits every month. Once you press play on a video, you will automatically use one play credit.
Play credits reset on the 1st of the month. Once you have used your 20 credits, you will not be able to play any films until the new month starts when you will be given a fresh quota of 20 play credits again.
Videos under Kanopy Kids, however, are "credit free," so you can access as many you wish, without using any play credits! Click "Kanopy Kids" at the top of the screen (in a browser) or from the menu bars (in the app) to see all the choices.
Once you press play on a video, you will have three days to view it as many times as you like without using another play credit. If you would like to watch the same video after the three days have passed, you will use up another play credit.
How to Use Kanopy
Here’s how to get started:
- Go to Kanopy or download the Kanopy app from your device's app store.
- Create an account by clicking on the orange Sign up button, entering your email and choice of password.
- Then go to your email account to verify your email address.
- Add your library card number and PIN.
- Start watching videos!
The Kanopy support page gives step-by-step instructions on how to use advanced features such as adding clips to PowerPoint presentation or creating Playlists.
The Kanopy support page provides answers to general FAQ.
You can also contact Kanopy directly through the e-mail web form or phone number on their contact page.
How can I keep track of my videos?
You can track your viewing activity by visiting My Dashboard > Recently Viewed in a broswer. The Recently Viewed page will list every video you have ever watched, even after the 3-day period has ended. If a video is still within the 3-day viewing period, the list will include the amount of time left on that viewing period.
Can I create my own video lists?
You can save titles to watch at a later date by either hovering over the title, or clicking on the title, then adding it to My List. You can see your saved titles by clicking on your username at the top of the page (in a browser) or the menu bars (in the app). You can also create and share playlists of videos using the playlists feature.
What devices can you use to watch videos?
You can watch videos on a computer or mobile device using a web browser or the app. You will need an internet connection to watch videos on Kanopy. Films cannot be downloaded -- they only stream through the internet.
Can you stream to your television?
Kanopy is compatible with various streaming services -- click "Link Your Device" from the menu bars in the app. You can also connect your computer to your television via HDMI.
Can visually impaired users access the films?
Yes, Kanopy’s website and video player are both fully compatible with all screen readers on desktop browsers, as well as with iOS and Android devices.