Kanopy offers more than 30,000 films. | Screenshot

There’s yet another bonus for Louisvillians who carry a library card.

On Monday, the Louisville Free Public Library announced it’ll start a trial run with Kanopy, a streaming video service offering access to more than 30,000 films — for free.

As long as you have a library card, you can stream the films by downloading the Kanopy app on your phone, computer or smart TV. Cardholders will be able to stream up to five films a month.

Kanopy is an international company that partners with public libraries and universities to offer the streaming service with no fees and no commercials. It works with more than 4,000 facilities, including Harvard, Yale and Stanford universities.

Paul Burns, communications director of LFPL, tells Insider they have received lots of requests for Kanopy, including from teachers and professors looking to stream documentaries for their students.

“Kanopy has a strong reputation in the library world, so as LFPL was looking to add streaming video to its offerings, Kanopy was an obvious choice,” says Burns. “In additional to a wide selection of educationally valuable documentaries, Kanopy is the premier platform for independent, foreign and artistically valuable films, including selections from the Criterion Collection.”

You need a library card to access Kanopy.

A quick glance at Kanopy turns up everything from “Lady Bird” and “Sunset Boulevard” to “Saturday Night Fever” and “Amy,” the Amy Winehouse documentary. For those curious, it sadly does not offer “Grease 2.”

Burns says the library currently is restricted to 1,000 downloads per month, which is why each cardholder has a five-film limit per month.

“Since this is a brand new service for LFPL, we do not know what the demand, and ultimately the cost, will be,” he says. “That is why we are rolling it out on a trial basis with set limits.”

Burns adds that there is no predetermined deadline at the moment, and the library has funding secured for the service through June 30. To start streaming films — assuming you already have a library card — click here.

Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."