Kanopy is a video streaming platform with access to one of the finest and largest collections of films in the world.  Kanopy’s collection features over 30,000 films from over 1,000 top producers, such as the Criterion Collection, Great Courses, PBS, Media Education Foundation, and more.  The service is free to all Long Beach Library cardholders (a maximum of 10 titles may be viewed a month) and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with no wait lists for titles.

  • Internet connection.
  • Email address.
  • Long Beach Library Card.
Sign Up
  • Visit and click on the orange “Continue” button.
  • Create an account using the “Sign In” button located on the top right of the page.
    1. Follow the prompts, entering your name, email address, and create a password.
    2. Go into your email, open up the message sent from Kanopy and click on the “Verify My Email” button.
    3. Click the “Add Library Card” button and submit your Long Beach Library card number.
  1. Visit and login using the “Log In” button located on the top right of the page.

    1. Enter your email and password.
    2. Click “Log In.”
Browsing Movies
  • You may browse for movies by…

    • Subject (“browse” dropdown menu located on Kanopy homepage).
    • Title, subject, actor, director, or keyword (search box located on the Kanopy homepage).
  • Click on a title and click the play button located in the middle of the video.
  • Once you press play on a video, you will have 3 days to view it as many times as you like without using another play credit (10 play credits/titles available each month).
Service Information
  • All titles are streaming.  Downloading is not available for Kanopy videos.
  • Upon checkout, movies may be viewed an unlimited number of times over the course of 3 days.  Titles are returned automatically after 3 days.
  • A total of 10 titles (play credits) may be viewed by each cardholder in the course of a month.  Quotas reset on the first of each month.
  • All titles are always available.  Holds are not necessary.  However, titles can be added to “My Watchlist” for future borrowing (available in your account’s dashboard).
  • Parental control settings are available (in your account’s dashboard).
  • Transcripts and Closed Captions are available for most titles.
  • Kanopy is available on any device including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Kindle Fire tablets, and laptops/computers.
  • For troubleshooting instructions, go to or speak to a Librarian (516) 432-7201.