The Arlington Heights Memorial Library launch this May an on-demand streaming video service for public libraries, known as Kanopy. The on-demand streaming video service, headquartered in San Francisco, California, also serves education institutions, giving library patrons, students and faculty access to a large film collection.
Kanopy is a privately-held company launched in 2008, and has 30,000 film and TV titles from 1,000 top producers, which can be viewed on a range of devices and platforms including Roku, Apple, Android, and Windows.
The collection consists mostly of educational content, instruction content and documentaries from Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS, Media Education Foundation, Stanford Executive Briefings, New Day Films, Cohen Films, California Newsreel, Collective Eye and more. Sample feature film titles include Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, and the documentary Grey Gardens. Kanopy launches on average 500 new releases per month
Arlington Heights Memorial Library patrons with a current library card can sign up with an email address/password combination, Facebook account or Google account. Arlington Heights Memorial Library patrons can watch up to eight videos per month, and never need to place a video on hold.
The log-in link is located at ahml.kanopystreaming.com
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is among the first public libraries across the U.S. to offer patrons free access to content, and is the only public library in the area to offer the Kanopy service.
Public libraries in Los Angeles, Birmingham, Ala., Boulder, Colo., Grand Rapids, Mich., and others the Kanopy, which been available since 2008 at 3,000 college campuses, serving more than five million students and library card holders in 118 countries, representatives with Kanopy said.
Patrons of the library use the service free, but the library pays for the Kanopy service on demand out of its $1.3 million annual budget for materials, cost of new books, periodicals, DVDs, other streaming services, such as the music provider Hoopla (hoopladigital.com).
The cost of streaming on demand is less than the cost of a physical DVD.
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