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Through Kanopy, anyone with a library card can access tens of thousands of online titles.

STAFF PHOTO: MARK MILLER - If you have one of these, you can sign up for streaming.A Washington County library card can now grant cardholder access to more than 30,000 movies, music videos, how-to videos and children's television series.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services — which includes the Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, Tualatin, Forest Grove, Sherwood, Aloha, Cornelius, Cedar Mill, Banks and North Plains libraries, among others — began offering the streaming service Kanopy to its cardholders in the last month.

To access Kanopy, users just need to create an account using their library card.

Kanopy is a streaming service designed specifically for libraries and universities. It allows each library to customize its own Kanopy site with staff picks and suggestions.

The site aims to distinguish itself from similar streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

"They focused on content that wasn't mainstream. They still have pretty unique documentaries, music videos and how-to videos," Forest Grove adult services librarian Jim Jatkevicius said. "It provides a nice alternative for people who might already be Netflix subscribers or Amazon Prime subscribers."

Kanopy offers award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film-festival favorites, indie and classic films, world cinema, and foreign language films, while Kanopy Kids offers classic children's movies and educational TV shows.

Washington County libraries have never offered content like this before because services like Netflix are far too expensive to provide for every single library card holder, Jatkevicius explained. Schools and libraries pay for the service on a per-view basis.

"It is a nice way to dip our toe in the water of this kind of content we haven't provided before at a reasonable cost," Jatkevicius said.


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