San Francisco Public Library Adds Free Film Streaming Service

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295;

San Francisco Public Library Adds Free Film Streaming Service

With Kanopy, San Francisco Library Patrons Can Access more than 30,000 Films

 San Francisco, CA – The popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy is now available for free to San Francisco library card holders of the San Francisco Public Library system. SFPL card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on demand instantly by visiting

Offering what The New York Times called “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries and feature films, rare and hard-to-find titles, and classic films, with curated works from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and PBS among many others.

kanopySFPL patrons will also be able to access Kanopy through a variety of devices and platforms, including Roku, iOS and Android, and Kanopy is also compatible for hearing- (with captions and transcripts) and visually-impaired patrons (compatible with technologies such as JAWS). Kanopy is free for users with a library card; all users need to do to get started streaming films is to visit

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy will provide SFPL 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. In addition, during the launch, Kanopy will highlight a variety of San Francisco-based films and filmmakers, and support SFPL’s One City One Book selection Black against Empire with the documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.”

“We are thrilled to offer Kanopy’s diverse collection of films and documentaries to our library patrons,” says Daniel Matsumoto, eResources Librarian at SFPL. “The subjects are far-reaching and reflect the cultural diversity of our area. We plan to hold public screenings at many of our library locations so that our community can enjoy and muse upon these films together.”

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, 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. In addition, a number of films which are set in, and are about San Francisco, can be found on Kanopy.

Kanopy is was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. It provides libraries and their patrons with access to the most acclaimed movies and documentaries on-demand from award-winning filmmakers, including the best in classic film, world cinema, critic and film festival favorites.