Friday, January 19, 2018

Pikes Peak Library District offers streaming movies through Kanopy

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 3:13 PM

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If the "safe place" partnership with Urban Peak, the DIY venue and the makerspace weren't enough to prove the Springs has an amazing library system, the Pikes Peak Library District has added a free streaming film service. It's called Kanopy, and it's been around since 2008 — the company offers a selection of independent films, world cinema, cult classics and documentaries, working primarily with libraries and educational institutions.

“It’s a wonderful, diverse collection of films," says selection librarian Tammy Ross. "A lot of their content is hard to find elsewhere.”

And for library cardholders, it's free — Kanopy will charge the library on a per use basis, which Ross described as an attractive model for the budget-conscious institution. Patrons can check out up to six movies a month, with checkouts lasting three days. That checkout does include public performance rights, so patrons can do public screenings of any films available. Ross hopes community programs and schools in particular will find the service useful.

Kanopy runs in a web browser, and there's an app for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku, but not Amazon Fire TV. Check out the selection here.

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