Free Movie Streaming Service with 30,000 Titles Introduced by Kent District Library

Many high-quality, thought-provoking movies, documentaries and series are unavailable on any other platform

Anyone with a Kent District Library card can now enjoy thousands of free videos from Kanopy, a new streaming collection of high-quality films that inspire, educate and entertain. Kanopy’s unique selection offers something for everyone, from award winning indie films to important and timely documentaries, to foreign films, popular cinema, children’s shows and more with the ease of watching on TV and a wide range of other types of devices.

“We are thrilled to add Kanopy to our digital collection in response to growing interest in high-quality digital movie content — this is just another way that KDL can benefit our patrons,” said Jennifer DeVault, Director of Library Operations. “We are committed to delivering an easily accessible and rich online experience to our patrons.” 

Top titles in Kanopy include Lady Bird, Chinatown, I Am Not Your Negro, Miss Representation and Moonlight, with new content added on a weekly basis. 

Many films on Kanopy, including those from iconic film companies such as A24, Criterion Collection, Paramount, PBS and Kino Lorber, are unavailable elsewhere. The experience is easy-to-use and completely advertisement free. To sign up, visit 

Family-Friendly and Convenient Features 

  • Kanopy Kids features a collection of films and TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop social emotional skills and reinforcing valuable learning topics, such as history, science and new languages. Kanopy Kids has a diverse selection of educational and entertaining content that range across movies, TV series, animated storybooks, live action and animated favorites. Kanopy Kids is appropriate for children ages 2 and up, with a focus on kids ages 2-8. KDL patrons can enjoy unlimited plays in Kanopy Kids. 
  • Parental Controls can be implemented to enable young viewers to stay within the dedicated Kanopy Kids area for age-appropriate content. 
  • The Kanopy app is available on iOS and Android along with all major streaming devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV.  

Getting started with Kanopy is free and easy for all regular KDL card holders at Library staff are also available to assist at any of the 20 branch locations and by phone at 616.784.2007. 

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