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.

Play Credits
You will receive 6 play credits each month which allows you to watch 6 films or documentaries each month for free. Play credits refresh on the 1st of every month. Once you start watching a film you have 72 hours to finish it and once you press play, you will automatically use one play credit.

You will also receive unlimited access to Kanopy Kids and can access two Great Courses 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