I’m trying to share one free resource per month, and this month’s is a really fun one.
I’ve always thought there were loads of benefits to being a New Yorker (the very best bagels, wearing black all day every day, the ability to get anything you want at 3 AM, etc.), but I’m thrilled to share my latest cause for 212 brags. New Yorkers can now stream over 30,000 films for free with their library cards! Okay, yes, there is a limit of 10 movies per month for Manhattanites and 6 per month for Brooklynites, but that’s still a lot of viewing time! And of course, if you’ve used up your monthly viewing allowance, you can still rent audiobooks, ebooks, and borrow actual books (remember those?) to your heart’s content.
The platform the library uses is called Kanopy, and it’s got a really impressive list of titles including feature films, documentaries, art house films, and the entire Criterion Collection. Kanopy mostly focuses on indie films, and they’ve got titles not available on Netflix or iTunes. There’s even a section with New York Times Critics’ Picks.
Non-NYC residents can join, too. If you live in (or attend school in) New York State, you can still get a New York City Public Library card, which is all you’ll need to start watching! And non-New Yorkers may also have access through their local libraries. Go here to search for your library. If your library isn’t listed, there’s even a way to request that they join the service.