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Free video streaming service launches in Southwark libraries

Free online films are now available to anyone with a Southwark library card thanks to a partnership with a streaming site, writes Josh Mellor…

Kanopy is a website that offers film streaming services in the same way as Netflix or BBC’s iPlayer.

Southwark Council has partnered with the website to give access to anyone with a library card number.

Cllr Rebecca Lury, cabinet member for culture, leisure, equalities and communities, said: “I am incredibly proud that we are the first local authority to offer a film streaming service to residents via our library network.

“We know our residents really value our libraries as we have more loans than any other London borough.

According to Kanopy’s website they want to “provide the best value on the most unique, diverse, and thought-provoking streaming service available.”

Kanopy already provides streaming services to education-based libraries across the United States, Canada and Australia and has a catalogue of 13,000 films. 


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