Music & Movie Streaming

Freegal Music+

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Download the app or use your computer to start streaming or downloading your music today. Access over 18 million songs, including today’s top music and yesterday’s hits. Build your own playlists, listen to curated playlists, or simply enjoy an album. All ad-free!

Customers can stream as many songs as they like, all ad-free! Additionally, they will be able to download 3 songs per week onto their device.

Freegal Music+ is a free music service which offers download or streaming access to more than 18 million songs including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total, the collection is comprised of 200 genres of music from over 100 countries.

To access your Freegal benefits, you will need your library card number and PIN to log in. Freegal works with almost all computers, tablets, and smartphones. No special software is needed. Apps are available in the Apple store, Google Play store and Amazon.


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

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International films

  • The Belier Family
  • Land of Mine
  • Amour

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

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  • The Party
  • A Serious Man
  • The Square

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Our movie experts Sarah and Ciaran review each month a movie either from our DVD collection or Kanopy. Please have a look at our Reel Reviews .