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West Linn library offers Kanopy service for patrons. Sign up to use the new service now.

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West Linn Public Library has added the popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy to its offerings to patrons.

Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting westlinnoregon.kanopy.com.

Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku, and each person can watch up to five films per month.

Offering what the New York Times calls "a garden of cinematic delights," Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world's best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

With the motto of "thoughtful entertainment," Kanopy provides West Linn library 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.

"We are very excited to offer this to our patrons," said Adult Services Librarian Cheryl Hill. "Not everyone subscribes to a streaming service like Netflix, and it isn't always convenient to come check out DVDs from the library, so this will be a great service to the West Linn community."

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like "Hunt For the Wilderpeople" and "2 Days in Paris," classic masterpieces like "Aquirre, the Wrath of God" and "Seven Samurai" and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar-nominated "I Am Not Your Negro" and Sundance Film Festival winner "Mother of George."

Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities.

More than 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film and world cinema.


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