Access Kanopy Now

The Des Moines Public Library now offers Kanopy! Stream hundreds of movies, documentaries, and tv shows for free with your Des Moines Public Library card.

Kanopy is an on-demand video streaming service well-known for its collection of award-winning films. The Kanopy website and app make it easy to watch movies wherever you go, whether on your phone, tablet, computer, or a streaming device attached to your television. It's like bringing the Sundance Film Festival into your living room!

Kanopy Front

Des Moines Film Society co-founder Ben Godar is a big fan of Kanopy. He guest-wrote a piece on the DMPL Blog about some of his favorite films on the streaming service, including great historic films like The Battle of Algiers, one of many films from The Criterion Collection on Kanopy. Kanopy also has great recent award-winning films, like First Reformed, and informative documentaries, such as Screwball. Kanopy comes with two thumbs up from people who love movives - it's definitely worth your time. Best of all, it's free!

Kanopy Kids is a separate collection made just for kids! It features several educational, family-friendly television shows, as well as read-along children's books. Kanopy Kids takes *zero* credits. Just click on Kanopy Kids or find it in the menu on the app to get started. You can set up parental controls by going to kanopy.com/parentalcontrols. By turning on this option, kids will need to know your PIN in order to go from Kanopy Kids to regular Kanopy.

Kanopy Play

How It Works

1. Up to ten films per month
The library offers 10 play credits each month.

2. Three days to watch each film
Once you press play on a film and it runs for 30 seconds, you have three days to view it as many times as you like without using another play credit.

3. Play credits reset on the first of the month
Once you have reached your quota of films, you will not be able to play any films until the the new month starts. On the first of the month, you will be given a fresh quota of ten play credits again.

4. Watch on any device
You can access Kanopy from any device, including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and many more! See all supported mobile and TV apps here.

5. Kanopy Kids takes no credits
Kanopy is for kids too! Kanopy Kids offers hundreds of educational and informational programs, read-along picture books, and much more. Just click on Kanopy Kids in the menu to get started.

Residency restrictions apply. Cardholders must live within the city limits of Des Moines or rural Polk County.