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 Review: April

This month Sarah and Ciaran reviewed: I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake

Available on Kanopy

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Although this movie is not based on a true story, it feels like it definitely could be.  The main character Daniel Blake has fallen on difficult times, despite a lifetime of hard work, and is battling the UK government for the right to a pension. Directed by Ken Loach, his hardship and the stories of others he connects with along the way are told in a very realistic way. Although the ending is sad, the support people offer each other along the way is the silver lining in this movie.

4 stars


In a world where our daily conversation holds the phrase ‘cost of living’ pretty frequently, this 2016 British drama feels more relevant now than ever. This movie feels drained of colour at times, a deliberate albeit gloomy visual choice that punches home the tragedy at hand. This is a film that feels very grounded, very human. But it’s human in all the ugly ways and the good. An incredibly important watch.

4 stars


4 stars