South Pasadena Public Library Adds Film Streaming Service, Kanopy

With Kanopy, Library Customers Will Have Access to More than 30,000 Films, For Free

South Pasadena, CA (August 2, 2018) – The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free for South Pasadena Public Library cardholders. Library cardholders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting

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, The Great Courses, PBS, and thousands of independent filmmakers.

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides South Pasadena Public Library patrons 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.

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Assistant Library Director Cathy Billings expects Kanopy to be very popular in South Pasadena, stating “our customers here in South Pasadena are very literate and culturally aware so the types of films that Kanopy offers are perfect for this community. The Library already has an outstanding collection of more than 9,000 DVDs and Blu-rays, but with Kanopy we are able to offer people a service akin to Netflix, one that is easy to use and works with technologies like Apple TV and Roku that people already have at home, or with mobile apps so they can get great cinematic content on the go.”

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 award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Sundance Film Festival winner Mother of George.

Kanopy is available free to South Pasadena Public Library cardholders and can be accessed from the Library’s website ( After creating an account with a valid email address, customers may stream up to 5 films per month, with access to each film for 72 consecutive hours. Viewing platforms include web browsers, apps for iPad and iPhone, Android, and Amazon’s fire Tablet, as well as Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. Parental controls can be set to restrict access to films outside of the family.

friendly Kanopy Kids collection. For more information or help getting started, visit the Library or call the Reference Desk at (626) 403-7350.

The South Pasadena Public Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street, South Pasadena, California, 91030, and open 7 days a week, now including Thursday nights for the convenience of visitors to the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market which is only one block from the Library. Library hours are Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.