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!

Play credits

  • Play credits are used to play videos on Kanopy. You will receive 6 play credits per month through Rainbow City Public Library. Each library card receives 1 play credit for The Great Courses per calendar month.
  • Each video will use 1 play credit with the exception of those in Kanopy Kids.
  • Once you press play on a video, you will have 48-72 hours to view it as many times as you like without using another play credit.
  • Your play credits will reset back to 6 on the 1st day of each month.
  • Upon playing any Great Course, you will have 30 days to access all videos in that course.
  • Unused play credits do not 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.

Upon playing any Kanopy Kid’s film, you will have unlimited access to the entire Kanopy Kids library for the next 30 days.