Got a Library Card? You Can Now Stream Thousands of Feature Films

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Move over Hulu and Netflix, if you have a library card, you may be able to stream thousands of movies for free through your library’s website.

The New York Public Library is the latest library to offer Kanopy, a video streaming service originally designed for college students (it serves more than 3,000 universities) which has been partnering with public libraries across the country to bring its vast collection of movies and archived films to the public, according to Gothamist.

The service will allow users to rent from a collection of more than 30,000 feature films, documentaries, foreign language and training videos — as well as the Criterion Collection, “which focuses on licensing important classic and contemporary films,” Gothamist said. Films can be rented for three days at a time and can be watched on smartphones, tablets, PCs and smart TVs.

Not in New York? There’s a good chance your local library offers Kanopy, too. The digital video platform works with more than 4,000 libraries — including the Baltimore, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and Grand Rapids public libraries, to name a few.  Other libraries, like the San Francisco Public Library and the Boston Public Library, have similar partnerships with Hoopla, another video streaming service.

Log onto your local library site to see if you can start watching flicks for free.

Have you ever used your library card to stream movies? Tell us about your experience in the comments below. 

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