Public and university libraries have long been one of the best ways to access a wide variety of films for free, as many carry DVDs and Blu-Rays of the best classic, world and nonfiction cinema ever made. Increasingly, one of the best-kept secrets is that people with a library card are now able to access the same deep reservoir of movies, including over 400 titles from the Criterion Collection, through the Kanopy streaming service and app.

For close to a decade, Kanopy has been one of the largest educational distributors, selling its library to schools or non-profit organizations (churches, research institutes, libraries) that show films for educational purposes.

There is a maximum amount of movies you can watch a month on Kanopy, although it differs for each library. For example, a New York Public Library account allows you to stream up to 10 videos a month, while the Brooklyn Public Library allows six. You have three days to watch a movie after you start streaming it.

To sign up for Kanopy, click here.

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