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Tewksbury Library Adds Film Streaming Service Kanopy

May 05, 2019 10:55AM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Public Library

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at the Tewksbury Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV or Chromecast. 

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, and world cinema with collections from Umbrella Entertainment, Madman Entertainment, and thousands of independent filmmakers. Kanopy is free for users with a library card; all users need to do to get started streaming films is to visit 

With the motto of "thoughtful entertainment," Kanopy provides Tewksbury 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.

“The Tewksbury Library’s physical collection has more than 8,000 titles on DVD and blu-ray, but we felt it was important to also offer our patrons a streaming service for films, especially a service that features a lot of films not typically found in libraries,” said Community Services Librarian Robert Hayes. “Each of our patrons will be able to stream up to 10 films per month on Kanopy, with more than 30,000 to choose from. There are no wait lists. It’s click and play.”

“We believe Kanopy will fit in nicely with our existing digital services, including Freegal (for Music), Rbdigital (for Magazines), and Overdrive (for eBooks, Audiobooks, and Magazines),” added Reference Librarian Rachel Hellman. “It’s easy to sign up and use, but if any patron encounters a problem or has a question, they can contact me at 978-640-4490 x 207 or” 

Kanopy is currently in 4,000 public and academic libraries worldwide, with more than 5 million users streaming the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experiencing the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema. 

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