Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides instant access to thousands of critically acclaimed movies, documentaries and kids favorites.  Kanopy partners with studios like A24, The Criterion Collection, PBS and more to provide access to thoughtful entertainment.

You can stream Kanopy on any of your favorite devices.  Kanopy is accessible via mobile and tablet apps for iPhone and Android.  You can also access Kanopy on your Desktop, and SmartTV apps like Roku, Apple TV and Fire Stick.



To get started:

  1. Visit https://rbclibrary.kanopy.com/.
  2. Select the "Add Library Card" button.
  3. Enter your 8-digit library card number (start with the first zero and skip the last digit) & your library PIN. If you need a PIN for your library account, please set one up on your next library visit. If you have forgotten your PIN, you can reset it at http://catalog.rbclibrary.org/opac/rcpl/#menuHome. Click “log on" in the upper right corner, then click “forgot password” and enter your 8-digit library card number. You will receive a confirmation code to reset your PIN/password at the email address we have on file for your card.
  4. Create a Kanopy account using your email address.
  5. Download the app on one of the available devices or use Kanopy in your browser.
  6. Log in and start streaming!


  • Instead of play credits, you'll now get 18 tickets each month to watch films from Rainbow City Public Library. You’ll see the number of tickets and access period for each film next to the play button.  For episodic titles, like TV series and The Great Courses, you’ll also see what content the tickets unlock (e.g., “Season 1” or "all").
  • Films appear on your Continue Watching list with the remaining time in your access period.
  • Your tickets reset on the first day of the month, and unused tickets don’t roll over to the next month.

Kanopy Kids

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 offers a diverse selection of educational and entertaining content, including movies, TV series, animated storybooks, live action features, and animated favorites.

Kanopy Kids is appropriate for children ages 2 and up, with a focus on ages 2-8.

Kanopy Kids titles don't use tickets, so you can watch as many kid-friendly titles as you'd like.