Q: What is Kanopy and how does it work?


What is Kanopy?

Kanopy is a video streaming service providing access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films ─  titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Can I stream a film in class/at an event?

The purchase of a Kanopy film title license (covering 1 to 3 years), includes public performance rights through the platform. The library does not handle any viewing or screening rights/fees.

Per the KSU Library System Policy: “The KSU Library System does not purchase audio/visual materials in physical formats or that are intended solely for instructional use in the classroom. The Library System does not negotiate with vendors for public viewing rights of DVD content, nor does it pay any associated licensing fees.”

When will KSU purchase the Kanopy license?

The library is limited by yearly budgets that are determined at the beginning and end of the fiscal year.

I need the film relatively soon. How can I speed up the purchase process?

Instructors can work with their respective departments for funds to contribute and enable the library’s purchase of the title, any time between July and May. This is done through a Memorandum of Understanding between the departments. Contact the library’s Director of Collection Development.

What is the price for a Kanopy license?

It typically costs $150 per title to acquire a 1-year Kanopy license.

What other streaming databases does KSU subscribe to?

In addition to Kanopy, the library system also subscribes to Films on Demand, Digital Theatre+, Alexander Street Press, American History in Video, Theatre In Video, and Dance in Video.

For more information

For more help, email the Research and Instructional Services department, or call or visit:

Kennesaw: Sturgis Library Checkout Desk (Ground floor) 470-578-6202

Marietta: Johnson Library Checkout Desk (1st floor) 470-578-7276


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Last Updated

Apr 19, 2022


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