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San Antonio libraries now offering free access to Kanopy

Kanopy is the newest on-line service supplied for free to native card-holders. Here’s what you want to know.

SAN ANTONIO — Looking for one thing to watch this weekend as temperatures drop and also you bundle up at residence? If you could have a San Antonio Public Library card, you might need extra choices than you assume. 

Officials with the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) community this week introduced they’ve partnered up with Kanopy, a web based streaming service that gives a whole lot of films spanning all eras and genres. Kanopy – out there on most gadgets, together with Roku, Google Play and the Apple app retailer – has lengthy partnered with libraries to present free access to card-holders, however that is the primary time it has been made out there to San Antonians. 

SAPL workers say Kanopy gives greater than the service OverDrive Video, which the library system beforehand supplied and which acquired Kanopy final year. 

“Kanopy offers a better library of content for all ages, an improved user experience and more cross-platform support from which we know our users will benefit,” mentioned Haley Holmes, interim library companies administrator for SAPL. 

The announcement means card-holders in San Antonio get instant access to Kanopy’s movie library, just by coming into their card quantity. Then they will browse a list that gives all the pieces from worldwide thrillers to Oscar contenders and dramas from Hollywood’s Golden Age. There are additionally curated collections organized round themes, like Noirvember and Native American Heritage Month. 

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Card-holders may access Kanopy Kids, a platform of film and TV content material meant to assist youngsters “develop social emotional skills” whereas “reinforcing valuable learning topics.” It’s primarily targeted on youngsters between the ages of two and eight. 

The inclusion of Kanopy in SAPL’s archive of digital companies – which already contains audiobooks, scientific analysis papers, newspapers and magazines – offers one other incentive for San Antonians to get a library card if they do not have already got one. 

At the identical time, Holmes says they have not had points welcoming group members again as San Antonio emerges from the pandemic. SAPL branches noticed 2.28 million recorded visits from January to October this year, in contrast to slightly below 1.15 million for a similar timeframe in 2021. 

That marks a virtually 99% enhance, year over year. 

“We’re happy to say that library usage is up and always open to continue welcoming new users,” Holmes mentioned, emphasizing that SAPL gives extra than simply access to books. “Kanopy is just the tip of the iceberg.”

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