Kanopy Streaming Video

Dec 12, 2018: In December 2017, the University Libraries initiated a pilot subscription to Kanopy, a streaming video platform that hosts high-quality films and documentaries. Up until now, access to films on Kanopy has been unmediated and driven strictly by patron request. Happily, Kanopy has been popular and received heavy use, but we have reached our annual budget for this resource sooner than expected which requires us to limit access to Kanopy for the winter break and the spring semester.

This doesn’t mean that Kanopy is going away. You will still be able to freely stream any of the 350+ films which we have already licensed. As yet unlicensed films may be requested through a link to a form with priority given to films requested by faculty members for their courses. Students who request films needed for class will be directed to ask their instructors to make the request on their behalf. Newly requested videos are typically available within 24-48 hours.

Please note: Even though newly requested films are available quickly it is still important for instructors to verify availability of films at least one week in advance of the date that they are needed for class. If they encounter a request form, they should submit it so that we have time to purchase the license.


Oct 30, 2018: Kanopy streaming video has been available to the NIU community for almost a year. We have analyzed the usage of this resource and will be making some adjustments to the films that we offer. When you search a film title, you may be shown a request form. At this time, we will only be fulfilling film requests from faculty for course-related use. Students that encounter a request form for a film that is needed for course-related use should ask their instructor to make the request on their behalf.

The Libraries remain committed to providing video resources to support campus teaching and learning.

Kanopy Available through NIU Libraries

The on-demand, streaming service Kanopy is now available through NIU Libraries and provides access to thousands of documentaries, feature and independent films, and training videos from a variety of subject areas, including the arts, business, education, health, social sciences, and much more. Showcasing award winners, hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema, Kanopy is accessible from both on and off-campus by an unlimited number of simultaneous viewers. Films can be streamed from any computer or from a mobile device by downloading the Kanopy app.

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Dean Fred Barnhart

Phone: (815) 753-1094
Email: lib-admin@niu.edu

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