Changes to Kanopy Access at LMU

The William H. Hannon Library will be modifying our method for providing access to the Kanopy platform of streaming films starting December 21. We regret needing to take this step, but the rapid and unexpected increase in our Kanopy expenditures requires that we do so.

LMU pays for Kanopy films on a per-title basis. Under our current model, the first three uses of a film are free, but the fourth use triggers a one-year license for that film. As Kanopy has become more popular, our costs have tripled since 2016 and are expected to double again this year. This is not sustainable.

Films already licensed will remain available on the Kanopy platform for the remainder of their one-year license period. Because those end dates will vary, there is the possibility that a previously licensed film will be removed from the catalog and unavailable on Kanopy at the end of the license term. See below for how to request we (re)license a Kanopy film or provide it by other means.

What do I do to get a film for a course I’m teaching in Spring 2019?

Contact Rhonda Rosen at or (310) 338-4584 as soon as possible. She will investigate options, including licensing the film on Kanopy.

Will titles be removed from Kanopy?

  • Films that have not been licensed may be removed from the library catalog; this could include a title that was watched in part but not enough times to get licensed. If a Kanopy film has “disappeared” that you want for classroom or research use please contact Rhonda Rosen at or (310) 338-4584 to discuss access options.
  • Other titles may still be in the catalog or on the Kanopy site, but no longer available to stream on demand. If you get a Kanopy form saying that the title can be requested, please complete the form as soon as possible as it will take several working days to provide access. Questions? Contact Rhonda Rosen at or (310) 338-4584.

What other options do I have to watch films from the library?

  • LMU has tens of thousands of films streaming in addition to our DVD collections of more than 8,000 titles. Check the library catalog to search for a title. More information about our streaming video collection is on our Video Streaming LibGuide.
  • Kanopy is available from the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) with a LAPL library card. LAPL cards are available to all residents of California and all residents of Los Angeles can apply for an E-Card online. Please note that the LAPL Kanopy collection is not identical to the LMU collection and that LAPL allows a maximum of 10 videos per month. Kanopy users who access the service using the Kanopy app, such as those using Kanopy from their TVs, will need to configure their app to switch to the LAPL collection.

We remain committed to providing as broad of access to media for classroom use and research needs as possible. Please contact Rhonda Rosen at or (310) 338-4584 with questions.