Be entertained by this online video streaming service with thousands of award-winning films and programmes, including documentaries, classic movies, world cinema and New Zealand films.

Free to use with your library card and PIN or at any library.
Search Kanopy


  • Watch films for both kids and adults
  • Stream from the website to your computer, smart TV, smartphone or tablet, or
  • Download the Kanopy app from Google Play or the App Store for iOS, Android, AppleTV or Chromecast.

About your Credits

  • Each library member gets five play credits per calendar month
  • Once you press play, you will automatically use one play credit
  • You have three days to play the film you have selected, watch as many times as you want
  • When you have used your credits for the month, you won't be able to watch any more films until the first of the next month.

Set up your Kanopy account

To create a Kanopy account, you need to provide your email address. You can only use your email address for one account, so if you have multiple library members in your household they need to provide different email addresses to create their accounts. You must be over 13 to create a Kanopy account. If you are also a member of Nelson Libraries you can add both library accounts to your Kanopy account.

  1. Go to the Kanopy website or open the app;
  2. tap or click on Add Library Card;
  3. login using your library card number and library PIN;
  4. read the terms and policies and tap or click Sign Up;
  5. add your name and email address and create a password of 6 digits or more;
  6. you will receive an email asking you to confirm your account. This completes your account set up;
  7. browse and enjoy!

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