The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, has added the on demand film streaming service Kanopy. Library cardholders can select from a collection of over 30,000 quality films and award-winning documentaries which includes film festival favorites, classic films, shorts, and world cinema titles of note as well as collections from The Great Courses, PBS, and thousands of independent filmmakers. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.
Earlier this month Wired called Kanopy “impressively stocked” and “the best (free) streaming service you’ve never heard of,” lauding the availability of titles from the Criterion Collection, Paramount Pictures, and the recently-added A24.
Berkshire Athenaeum Supervisor of Technical Services Becky McDole says, “We’ve wanted to offer something that provides thoughtful entertainment and Kanopy, with films of social and cultural value, films that are difficult to access elsewhere, programming that features diversity, and so many foreign films seems a worthy addition for our patrons.”
Athenaeum patrons set up a free Kanopy account at https://pittsfieldlibrary.kanopy.com/ and can borrow up to four films per month. A borrowed film remains available to the patron for 72 hours and can be viewed multiple times during the loan period. Those with questions about borrowing from Kanopy can contact the Reference Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 499 9480 x202 during regular library hours.