Kanopy is an award-winning video streaming service providing access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films ─  titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Kanopy also has a site dedicated to kids!  Kanopy Kids highlights films and TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos. Kanopy Kids categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime Favorites, Classic Films, and Movies for the whole family.  Parents can set up parental controls for their Kanopy accounts.  Kanopy Kids is unlimited plays!  Learn more here.

Kanopy can be streamed on your desktop computer, tablets, smartphones, and TV apps.  Charlotte Mecklenburg Library customers can view up to 6 films per month.  Once you press play on a film, you have 3 days to view it as many times as you like without using another play credit.  Play credits reset on the 1st of the month.

Getting started:

If you are a first time user, create a Kanopy account by clicking the "Sign Up" button.  When creating your account, enter your name, email address and select a password.  An email will be sent to you with a verification link.  Click on the link sent in the email and it will ask you to select your Library (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library) and enter your Charlotte Mecklenburg Library barcode and PIN number.

Need Help?

Click on the "Support" link in the footer of the Kanopy site.   Help articles on creating accounts, using the website, mobile and tv apps, and more are available.