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WCCLS Adds Free Film Streaming Service, Kanopy

With Kanopy, Washington County Library patrons gain free access to over 30,000 films

Washington County, Oregon: The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free through the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS). Available 24/7, library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

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 Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, Weston Woods, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

With the motto of "thoughtful entertainment," Kanopy provides WCCLS patrons of all ages 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.

What WCCLS member library staff have to say about Kanopy:

“I introduced my family to it and they are in love. Perfect for streaming on our devices.”

“So intuitive. I think anyone who has used a streaming video service before will have no problem using Kanopy.”

“The kids portal is really nice. A great collection of independent and documentary films.”

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like Hunt For the Wilderpeople and 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai and Sundance Film Festival winner Mother of George. Kanopy Kids offers award winning classics like Charlotte’s Web and Where the Wild Things Are as well as TV series for younger kids and learning about science, math and nature.

Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. More than 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema.


The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) includes: Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany, Cornelius Public Library, Forest Grove City Library, Garden Home Community Library, Hillsboro Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, and West Slope Community Library. Two specialty libraries are also a part of the Cooperatives library card service — the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Tuality Health Education Resource Center.