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Streaming Films - Kanopy

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Stream up to five films per month with your South Pasadena library card.

Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest and finest collections of film in the world. Among the 30,000 titles are independent, foreign language, classic, documentary and educational films from over 1,000 top producers such as Janus (Criterion Collection), The Great Courses, PBS, and Kino Lorber.


NOTE: Older library cards with the "PSPA" prefix will not work with Kanopy. Visit the Library to get a new card for free. While the library building is closed, please email for library card assistance.

How it Works

Each library cardholder gets 5 play credits per month. Once you have reached your quota of films, you will not be able to play any films until the new month starts. At the beginning of each month, you will be given a fresh quota of 5 play credits again.

Each video will use 1 play credit regardless of length after viewing for 5 seconds, unless you are accessing videos from Kanopy Kids or the Great Courses, which will not require any play credits to view.

3 days to watch each film
Once you press play on a film, you have 72 hours to view it as many times as you like without using another play credit even if a new month starts and your credits reset. Your Viewing History (when accessing from a web or mobile browser) will show any video that is still available to view in your 3 day window:

Any device
You can access Kanopy from any device, including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.


Credit-free films


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