Kanopy comes to Essex libraries

By: Essex Library Service

Wed 15/Feb/23

Welcome to Kanopy!


Kanopy is the streaming site where you can access thousands of films and series, all for free with your Essex library card! Kanopy offers more than 20,000 films, including critically acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films, and more. You need to be 18+ to set up a Kanopy account with your library card. 

You can use Kanopy on all your favourite devices, like your phone, tablet, desktop computer or Smart TVs!


Access Kanopy now or continue reading to find out more!


Kanopy Kids

Kanopy Kids is a curated educational and entertainment collection just for children, complete with parental controls so you can manage their viewing. Set up a PIN so your children will only be able to access the Kanopy Kids section, which has lots of great features, including TV shows and films, read-along storybooks, classic stories and myths, and language learning videos. Enjoy unlimited watching with your little ones!


Play Credits

Essex Library Service gives you 5 Play Credits per month to watch videos for free. These Play Credits are used only for adult content, whilst Kanopy Kids offers unlimited watching! Learn more about how play credits work here.


How to Set Up Your Kanopy Account

  1. Click here to access Kanopy. You must be over 18 years old to sign up.
  2. Click on ‘Add a library card’
  3. Type in your Essex library card number and your PIN. These are the same details you use to log into your library account.
  4. Enter your name and email address, and create a password
  5. Explore Kanopy! 


How to Set Up Parental Controls

  1. Go to the ‘My Account’ section of Kanopy
  2. Click on ‘Parental Controls’
  3. Enter a 4 digit PIN
  4. Click ‘Turn On’

Turning on Parental Controls means that once in the kids section, you will need to enter your PIN to exit, so your children can’t watch content outside of the kids collection without permission.

Access Kanopy now!