Parents' Guide to


By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Watch free movies, shows, animated books with library card.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Huge upgrade from the old design

This app has a great collection of some of my favorite documentaries from Bill Nye to Banking on Bitcoin! And now the app has an even better user experience with its brand new beautiful and elegant design! Whoever Kanopy's designer is deserves a promotion!

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 18+

What good is a free system if I continue to get error messages, not allowing me to watch many of the movies!

You get what you pay for!

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Having fun isn't hard, if you've got a library card -- especially if your library is registered with this app. Just as the PBS Kids' character Arthur sang, library cards help kids and adults access fun, educational content for free, and Kanopy adds even more choices (including the Arthur series) to the mix. Most of the content choices on Kanopy are similar to what patrons of a well-stocked library would expect: well-selected, award-winning films; independent and foreign films; popular kids' and adults' TV series; educational shows. The animated books are top-quality, with classics from producers such as Scholastic and Weston Woods. When users browse selections in Kanopy Kids, they see only kid-friendly titles. The library card holder's watch list and viewing history are also filtered, so adults-only content isn't displayed. It would be even better if there was a way to set it (via parent controls or a parent gate) to only allow access to Kanopy Kids. As it stands, kids can access adult content if they leave Kanopy Kids. Parents should keep a watchful eye on what kids are viewing.

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