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Streaming Media: Kanopy

Kanopy Requests

The USA University Libraries support the University’s teaching, research, and scholarship missions by providing access to high-quality resources for the entire USA campus. Kanopy offers access to more than 30,000 film titles on a film-by-film licensing system and is extremely popular across the university; it is also expensive.

In order to control costs while also continuing to provide access to Kanopy content, the USA University Libraries has begun evaluating some requests for access to films not already licensed through Kanopy using the following criteria.

Preference will be given to films that will be used:

  • to support a specific USA  course or courses
  • for academic or research purposes; or
  • by recognized USA organizations for USA-sponsored events.

Titles from the Libraries' top 15 providers will continue to be available without the user having to request them, but attempts to access titles from other suppliers will provider the user with the message that "This title is not yet available at your library." To get access to these films, the accompanying request form needs to be filled out; it comes to the USA librarians who will evaluate the request and purchase the title if funds are available. The requestor will be notified of the decision to purchase or not purchase a title and will be informed when the title will be available for access.

Top 15 Kanopy Providers

These are the top 15 providers in Kanopy. Films from these suppliers will continue to be available without the user having to make a request.

Janus Films (The Criterion Collection)
Kino Lorber Edu 
First Run Features 
The Great Courses
New Day Films 
Media Education Foundation 
The Orchard
Film Movement
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Kino Lorber
Edith Cowan University
Oscilloscope Pictures 


Kanopy contains videos across a variety of disciplines. Titles can be found by

  • Searching SOUTHcat and limiting to streaming video
  • Searching or browsing subjects at the Kanopy web site.

Within a video landing page, you can:

  • View a description of the video
  • Find out how to cite the video
  • Share the video via email and social media
  • Get a code to embed or link the video
  • View the video transcript (you must play the video to see the transcript.)
  • Report and problems with the video.

By creating a personal account, you can also do the following:

  • Add the video to your personal watch list
  • Add the video to a playlist
  • Create a clip from the video


Kanopy content can be discovered by:

  • Searching SOUTHcat
  • Browsing content at Kanopy and narrowing by
    • Content type
    • Subject areas
  • Searching Kanopy


Kanopy search bar

Enter keywords, subjects, or video titles

Narrowing Your Search

Kanopy does not provide options to focus results at the search level, but once you get a search results list, that list can be narrowed by choosing a variety of facets.

Kanopy results list

Requesting Kanopy Titles

When you try to watch a film that is not from one of our top 15 providers, you will see the following screen:

Kanopy Request form

Simply fill out the required fields, making sure to include information about why you are requesting the film (for class, for a presentation, for a university sponsored event are some examples), and send it. The request will go to the library and you will be informed as to whether the film was approved for purchase. If approved, you will be notified again when the film becomes available.

Creating an Account

In order to create playlists and clips within Kanopy, you first need to create an individual login. To do this:

  1. Choose Sign Up from the top bar
  2. You can choose to create a Kanopy account with any of the following:
    1. Facebook
    2. Google
    3. Your email
  3. After you've finished, click on Sign Up again.

Creating Playlists

To create a playlist, login to your account and:

  1.  Find videos you are interested in.
  2. To add a video to a playlist, go to that video's landing page and click on Create Clip/Playlist if you have no existing playlists
  3. Under Create New Playlist, name your playlist; your video will automatically be added to the new playlist
  4. If you already have playlists, click on Create Clip/Playlist; your playlists will be displayed.
  5. Click on Add video to add the chosen title to any of those existing playlists.

Creating Clips

To create a clip:

  1. Login to your Kanopy account
  2. Find a video you are interested in and go to the video's landing page.
  3. Add your video to a playlist
  4. Click on Edit playlist
  5. Click on Edit next to the video you want to create a clip from
  6. Play the video or use the scroll bar,
  7. When it reaches the place where you want to start, click Start Time under the video
  8. Click Capture
  9. Use the scroll bar to go to the place you want to end the clip, click in the End Time box and click Capture
  10. Click Save Clip