Stream inspiring films and documentaries anytime, anywhere.


Kanopy seeks to provide ‘thoughtful entertainment’, selecting content that will entertain, enrich and challenge you. With over 10,000 titles and with new content added monthly there is something here for everyone. Kanopy Kids provides specific content for children and the Great Courses gives access to a fascinating lecture series on a diverse range of topics.

Kanopy is free to use with your library barcode number and PIN.
If you are not a member of Waimakariri Libraries yet and would like to join you can find more information on our website or visit any branch.

You can stream movies from your desktop computer, laptop, mobile device, Apple TV, and Chromecast.


Each month, your account is allocated a set number of tickets from your library. Your tickets reset on the first day of the month.

You can see your remaining tickets for the month in the top-right corner of the homepage, once you have logged in.
As you browse for titles, you'll see the number of tickets required to watch each title and how long you have to watch it.
For episodic titles, like TV series and The Great Courses, you'll also see what content the tickets unlock (e.g., "Season 1" or "all").

Note: Kanopy Kids doesn't use tickets. You can access an unlimited number of Kanopy Kids titles each month.

Set up your Kanopy account

  • Go to the Kanopy webpage or download the Kanopy app.
  • Register using your Waimakariri Library barcode number and PIN.
  • To create your Kanopy account you will need to supply an email address and a password.
  • Confirm that you are 13 years or older and agree to Kanopy's Terms and Privacy Policy.
  • This will generate a verification email, click on this link to complete your account set up.

Once you are set up simply click “Log in” at the top of the screen and put in your email and password to access your account.

For further help, see the Kanopy website.

You will find our latest Movie Reviews under Reel Reviews.


Collections librarian, Nicki, has put together some playlists of her favourite movies:

Books to movies

  • Lion
  • Brooklyn
  • Serenity

Lion - KanopyBrooklyn - KanopyOn Chesil Beach - Kanopy

International films

  • The Belier Family
  • Land of Mine
  • Amour

The Belier Family - KanopyLand Of Mine - KanopyAmour - Kanopy


  • The Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • This Beautiful Fantastic
  • Hugo

Hunt For The Wilderpeople - KanopyThis Beautiful Fantastic  - KanopyHugo - Kanopy


  • The Party
  • A Serious Man
  • The Square

The Party -KanopyA Serious Man - KanopyThe Square - Kanopy

Please have a look at our Reel Reviews by Ciaran and Sarah.

Reel Reviews November

This month Sarah and Ciaran our movie experts reviewed: Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

purple background with movie reels, popcorn, drinks etc and the cover of the movie Mary Shelley

This movie is available on Kanopy and DVD.


This is the story of how Mary Shelley came to write Frankenstein when she was only 18 years old. The story begins in 1812 when Mary is just 16 and follows her through life choices which for the times were considered scandalous, and the tragedy and sadness that result. Mary remains determined and is able to create a work that resonates with readers for centuries, at a time when women writers were not valued or encouraged. The movie is beautifully shot and acted, with Elle Fanning playing Mary Shelley, and is as much about Mary Shelley’s intelligence and passion as her writing.

4.5 stars.


Mary Shelley is an incredible dramatization of one of the greatest classical authors. This film marvellously captures the gothic style and poetic prose working through our protagonist. Elle Fanning is a masterful leading performer here, showing the heights of passion, desperation, and loneliness her character experienced within those early trying years of her life.

3 stars

Total: 4 stars

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