Queens Library partners with streaming service to offer more than 30,000 free movies and docs

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Film buffs with a Queens Library card now have access to thousands of foreign films, indie films and documentaries because of a partnership with streaming service Kanopy.

The service is available to anyone with a Queens Library card and members can stream up to six movies per month. Movies are also available with captions and transcripts and JAWS screen readers for those with visual and/or hearing difficulties.

Kanopy was founded in 2008 by Olivia Humphrey, primarily as an educational tool for colleges and universities worldwide. It is now available in public libraries around the world and has more than 5 million members.

In addition to indie and foreign language films and documentaries, Kanopy users can stream films about health, science, media, business, global studies and instructional films on hair and beauty, library and information management and lessons for educators teaching kindergarten through 12th grade students.

The service includes well-known and more obscure films such as “Donnie Darko” and “Momento” and films set in or about Queens like “Between Us,” a Tribeca Film Festival winner and “Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House.”

Kanopy offers titles from Criterion Collection, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

“Our goal is to offer our customers new ways to grow, discover, and succeed in their lives,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “Kanopy’s intelligent, compelling collection of films helps us deliver for them, and satisfy their appetite for learning and information. And with the holidays upon us, we hope they will have extra time to explore and stream the offerings from this terrific service.”

To access Kanopy, library members can visit queenslibrary.kanopy.com or download the the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

If you don’t have a library card you can sign up for an e-card through the Queens Library website or visit any library location to pick one up.

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