August 3, by Nathaly Pesantez
Beginning tomorrow, August 4, Brooklyn Public Library card holders will have access to a trove of acclaimed feature films, indies, and documentaries through a streaming service recently added to the library’s system.
First reported by Gothamist, Kanopy, an online video service for public libraries and educational institutions, holds over 30,000 films in categories ranging from world cinema, the arts, and global studies, and even includes classics from the Criterion Collection.
Films available for streaming include “The Girl on the Train”, “Old Boy”, “Eraserhead”, and “The Boondock Saints”, along with television shows like “Wilfred”.
To access the films, Brooklyn Public Library card holders must go to Kanopy’s landing page through the library’s learning resources section and create a sign in using their library card number and pin.
Up to six movies can be watched per month, and once a movie is playing, users have three days until the viewing for that film expires.
Films can be watched on smartphones through the Kanopy app, along with tablets, PCs, and smart TVs, and feature options like transcripts and captions.
Brooklyn Public library cards are free, and may be applied for online through the library’s site.
Kanopy is also available for New York Public Library card holders.
Kanopy began in Australia in 2008, and moved to San Francisco in 2013.