Does WCPL subscribe to Kanopy?
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2019 Views: 1534

We do not subscribe to Kanopy. We do have access to Films on Demand and the NC LIVE video collection. These are available through our list of online resources.

After receiving several similar inquiries prompted by the promotion of the service in a recent NYTimes article, we contacted Kanopy to learn more about the product and service.

We learned that while this service is free to a library user, there is a cost to the library providing the access.  When we calculated the cost to meet the needs of a county of over 1 million, we found that we could not, at this time, sustain this cost without negatively impacting the funding we spend on books for children and adults. The book collection is the priority for WCPL and therefore we, unlike many library systems, avoid funding other media by decreasing the funds we invest in library books.

However, we agree that Kanopy does present a good collection of Award-winning films and documentaries that would be beneficial to our community and plan to keep this service on our radar and explore other funding options.

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