Countless classic movies are now free for New Yorkers — all you need is a library card.
The New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library have partnered with the Kanopy movie service to give cardholders access to more than 30,000 films — including a number in the Criterion Collection.
NYPL members can view up to 10 films a month and each patron has three days to watch the films, according to NYPL spokesperson Angela Montefinise.
Brooklyn Public Library cardholders have different benefits — they can only view six films a month, according to Montefinise.
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In order to sign up for a library card, you can easily do it online on the SimplyE app, but to gain access to services like Kanopy, cardholders need to “upgrade” in a physical library location.
Kanopy films — which are easily searchable via an online database — can be viewed on smartphones, tablets, TVs and computers.
Criterion Collection films are comprised of movies deemed “important” by the distribution company and have been licensed and preserved to provide viewers access to the classics.
Several hundred Criterion flicks are available through the library’s newest service.
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Kanopy has yet to partner with the Queens Library at this time.
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