Kanopy is a streaming video service provided by Gwinnett County Public Library for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain.

To access Kanopy follow these steps:

Have your library card and PIN ready
Visit https://gwinnettpl.kanopy.com/ and click the “add library card” button
On the next page, click “Log into Gwinnettpl”
In the new window, enter your library card number and PIN
Create a Kanopy account by filling in an email address and Kanopy password (or use the Single Sign-On feature)
Click “watch now” to browse films
You have 5 credits each month (See below for how credits are used.)

How much do I get to watch on Kanopy?

As you log in to Kanopy, you’ll notice you have 5 credits to use for the entire month.

  • Each credit is good for one film. Films from MGM or Warner Bros. are available for 48 hours per credit. All other films are available for 72 hours per credit.
  • One entire season of a TV series from The History Channel or A&E for 72 hours of access. All other TV series use one credit per episode.

For instance, if you click on Season 1 of an A&E series, you could log back in and watch any or all episodes anytime during the next 72 hours. If you wanted to watch any episodes after the 72 hours expire, you could go back to it and use another credit.

Another example is if you click on Season 1 of a PBS series, you would have access to each episode you click on for 72 hours, but each episode uses one credit.

If you clicked on a feature film, you have continued access to that film for 72 hours to watch as much as you like, even if it is in two or more parts. If it is an MGM or Warner Bros. film, it works the same way but with the shorter availability of 48 hours.

However, if you use Kanopy Kids, the use does not count against your credits.

Also, if you use any Great Courses, the use does not count against your credits.

You may find that you have to log in again and access the videos again after 72 hours, but you will not see your number of credits decline for Kanopy Kids or Great Courses.

Parental Controls. Just like libraries that circulate feature films in their physical collections, Kanopy includes movies from around the world that may be appropriate for adult audiences. If you log in with your account, you can use the pull down menu where you see your name and choose Parental Controls. Then, any devices you are logged into can be set to only access Kanopy Kids. That limits access to any users of those devices to the content for kids until you enter a PIN on that device to re-activate access to the entire platform.