• Kanopy - Movies and Documentaries for Film Lovers

    Kanopy - Movies and Documentaries for Film Lovers

What is Kanopy?

Kanopy is a streaming movie collection that showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best, classic, and groundbreaking films. Kanopy lets Sonoma County Library provide access to collections that cinema-loving patrons have been requesting such as the Criterion Collection, award-winning documentaries, film festival favorites and foreign films. All of these movies streamed free with your Sonoma County Library card.

Lending Limits: 4 play credits per month. The play credit amount resets on the first of the month.

EXCEPTIONS TO LENDING LIMITS – Credit-Free and Children’s

  • Credit-Free Viewing: Kanopy is offering a special Credit-Free Viewing collection currently made up of 46 videos just perfect for anyone forced to stay at home.
  • Unlimited Kids Plays: Kanopy Kids is offering unlimited plays in its collections for kids – no play credit limits!

Lending time period: 72 hours (3 Days) of unlimited views of the selected video.


All of these movies streamed free with your Sonoma County Library card.

Tip: Looking for more recent Hollywood-type movie releases? Try Hoopla Digital - also free with your Sonoma County Library card and pin.

How do I get started?

To use Kanopy with your Sonoma County Library card, make sure to access Kanopy on any web browser through Sonoma County Library's portal or via Kanopy's apps available for all major devices - iPhone, IPad, android, Apple TV, Roku, Fire Tablet, Chromecast.

You'll need an email address, library card number and pin.

Need Help? Visit Kanopy's Help page to learn about using devices, apps and even your TV to stream Kanopy today.

What Collections Are in Kanopy?

Kanopy’s collection features over 30,000 films – one of the largest film databases for libraries globally. Films come from over 1,000 top producers such as Janus Collection (Criterion Collection), PBS, Kino Lorber, Samuel Goldwyn, Harold Lloyd, and more. Over 60% of Kanopy’s content is exclusive and only available on Kanopy. Kanopy sees many new releases launched daily (approx. 300-500 per month), ensuring the collection is fresh with current content.

Criterion Collection: The gem of the collections are the 420 titles from the Criterion Collection. Films from the established canon of great international films like Federico Fellini’s “8 1/2,” Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon,” Vittorio De Sica’s “The Bicycle Thief,” Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona,” Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless,” Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” and John Ford’s “Stagecoach.”

Documentaries: Favorites like “All This Panic,” “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Tower,” “The Great Beauty,” and “Hooligan Sparrow,” “This is Not a Film,” “The Interrupters” and “Of Men and War.” You also have access to PBS staples like Frontline, Henry Louis Gates’ ancestor exploration show “Finding Your Roots” and Ken Burns classics like “The Central Park Five” and “The Roosevelts.”

International Auteurs:  Early and important works by some of the most important international auteurs, such as: Guillermo del Toro (“Cronos”), Jean-Jacques Annaud (“The Lover”), Terence Davies (“Of Time and the City”), Wong Kar-wai (“In the Mood for Love”), Johnnie To (“Election”), Park Chan Wook (“Old Boy,” “JSA: Joint Security Area”), Werner Herzog (“Aguirre, the Wrath of God”), Miguel Gomes (“Tabu”), Melanie Laurent (“Breathe”), Michael Haneke (“Code Unknown,” “The Piano Teacher”) and the late Abbas Kiarostami (“Close-Up,” “The Wind Will Carry Us”).

Classic Movies: Over 9,000 movies including a great selection of early cinema (e.g. Charlie Chaplin, ‘Bicycle Thieves’), indie film (e.g. ‘2 Days in Paris’, ‘Donnie Darko’), and cult classics (e.g. ‘Boondock Saints’)

Learning cinema: Including over 1,500 K-12 curriculum films, career development films, and lifestyle content (yoga, cooking, etc)

Local Films and Filmmakers: The breadth of the database means there are many films from local filmmakers and of local relevance. For example there are 17 films relating to Santa Rosa and 1,800 on California.

Kanopy Kids:  Kanopy includes educational and engaging videos for children of all ages—as well as the young at heart. Parents can trust that this curated collection encourages social and emotional development, promotes respect for community diversity, and inspires creativity. The many great offerings include the Muzzy Language Learning videos, popular PBS shows, Little Pim and more. Kanopy has partnered with Common Sense Media™ to provide developmentally appropriate age ratings for videos on Kanopy Kids.

Community and Educational Screenings

Kanopy supports the rights to screen films in programming events, which helps libraries to better engage the community and maintain social relevancy (through movie nights, educational events, film festivals, etc). These rights are also available to teachers at public schools and local community organizations that might hope to use films in classes and training and social events.

Join us in welcoming Kanopy to Sonoma County!