The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at the Knoxville Public Library.

Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, world cinema, PBS, The Great Courses and independent filmmakers.

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides Knoxville Public Library patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race and current affairs.

“This greatly increases the collection we have available to the public. It’s easy to use and very convenient for our patrons,” said Director Roslin Thompson. “We can show some of the films during our International Film Fan Club nights where we try to expand our world viewpoint.”

There is also a children’s collection of movies available.

Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. More than 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema.

For more information, contact the library at 641-828-0585 or email

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