Library Resources: Kanopy

Posted on March 5, 2021

by Michael Sheehan

Do you want to make the most of your library card? Follow this series of articles that will provide an overview of  information on the various digital resources and databases the La Porte County Public Library offers the community. This is the sixth in a series and will review the Library’s Kanopy streaming movie service.



Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides customers with access to over 30,000 films from more than 800 filmmakers. Around 200 to 250 titles are added each month.  Kanopy’s collection is incredibly unique.  Some key film genres include: documentaries, foreign films, learning cinema, local content, cult classics, and films many consider arthouse.


Kanopy supports more apps than any other streaming service – apps for all major devices such as iOS (iPad, iPhone), Android (Galaxy), Roku, Apple TV, and more.  Films also include embed tools, group showing rights, online comments, social media apps, captions/transcripts, ratings and real-time usage data.  To watch titles specific to children, users can click the Kids link to enter the kid-friendly zone of titles.


LPCPL customers are limited to 10 play credits per month.  A “play credit” is incurred when a customer clicks Play or starts a film.  Once a user play credit is logged, the customer has 3 full days (72 hours) to watch the film for unlimited uses.  A customer can track their existing and past play credits from their user dashboard.


LPCPL has offered Kanopy streaming videos since March 2019.  Kanopy titles are continually being added to the Library catalog since January 2020.



Next week we will focus on the Library’s OverDrive service.

Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Michael joined the library staff in August of 2017. He is a member of the Library Admin Team. He has spent much of his adult work life swimming in seas of metadata, bench-pressing card catalogs, and bartering with information system vendors, but those activities have done more to tone his head muscle and less to develop those desirable six-pack abs. These cataloging skills have taken him through Illinois, Wisconsin, and back home to Indiana (queue the Soggy Bottom Boys: “the place where he was born and bred”). In his spare time, he attempts to stay out of family arguments, binge watches British comedy, drama, and mystery programs, and subjects his two cats to the latest in Indie/Alternative music.
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