Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library will be closed the morning of December 5, 2023. We expect the branch to reopen at noon. 

Answered By: Tina Van Winkle
Last Updated: Nov 01, 2023     Views: 6499

Kanopy is a collection of thousands of instantly-available movies and documentaries that can be streamed online or through the Kanopy app, which is available in your device's app store for iOS and Android. Compatible systems include Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast.

Kanopy offers classic films from The Criterion Collection, PBS, independent and world cinema and curated lists like The Texas Collection.

Sign up for Kanopy in a web browser:

Note that the process is similar using the Kanopy app for iOS or Android. We recommend doing the initial signup in a web browser.

  1. Go to Kanopy in a supported browser.
  2. Select Get Started.

    Kanopy homepage with an orange Get Started button
  3. Select Find Your Library.

    Select orange Find Your Library button
  4. Search for Austin Public Library by name. You may select a branch location or Austin Public Library - (TX). After locating your library, click Select this library.

    Search for your library by name and then click select this library.
  5. Add your Library Card number and Library Card PIN/Password (the same information you use to log in to MyAPL). If needed, learn how to reset your PIN.

  6. Create your Kanopy account. Enter your name, email address and password, then select Sign Up. Or, sign up with an existing Apple or Google account by selecting Sign Up with Apple or Sign Up with Google and following the instructions.

    Create your Kanopy account with your email address or an existing Apple or Google account.
  7. Begin watching films!

In the future, you will log in using your email address and the password you created, or your Apple/Google account if you chose that option. You will only need your Library Card number and PIN for the initial setup.


Checkouts, Loan Periods & Renewals

  • Checkout Limit: 8 tickets per month, with tickets resetting on the 1st of each month . Please note that loading and playing 4+ seconds of a film counts as a play credit.
  • Tickets and Loan Periods: With tickets, the number of checkouts and loan/viewing periods will vary depending on content:
  Running Time   Tickets Used   Viewing Period
  30 min or less   1   3 days
  2 hours or less   2   3 days
  2-4 hours   3   3 days
  4-6 hours   4   7 days
  6+ hours   5   14 - 21 days


  • Holds: Films are always available—no holds required!
  • Renewals: Renewing is not allowed but you can get the film again immediately if you still have tickets remaining in your monthly limit.

Visit the links below for more help and tutorials.