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Current Kanopy Licenses (last update 06/08/2022)

Database Description for Kanopy

What is Kanopy?

Kanopy is a large library of streaming videos covering a broad range of subjects in the arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences, education, business, film, and theatre. It includes documentaries, classic and independent films from major distributors such as PBS, BBC, Criterion, and the Media Education Foundation.

How does it work?

  • Films are licensed for academic purposes by the Wright State University Libraries. Once licensed, they are available to view by anyone affliated with Wright State. A list of current licenses can be viewed in the spreadsheet to the left. 
  • If you need a film that has not already been licensed, Kanopy will display a request form asking for your name, Wright State email address, and space for a message. Please indicate in that box whether this film is for instruction or research purposes.
  • Requests from students will require verification from a faculty member that it is for class purposes.
  • If you will use a film for three years or more, please contact your subject librarian. We may be able to purchase a 3-year license with a better value. 

We will not be able to purchase licenses for films for personal entertainment viewing. Please consider alternatives for personal entertainment viewing. We belong to the Search Ohio consortium, which provides access to many public libraries' collections, including feature film DVDs. If you'd like assistance on how to request items from Search Ohio, please contact the Ask a Librarian service or call the Information Desk directly at (937) 775-2925.

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