Impact of COVID-19
Kanopy is a film streaming subscription service we offer which operates on a pay per view model, funded by the Public Library Grants from State Library of Queensland (SLQ). The doubling of usage of the Kanopy service since COVID-19 began has had a huge financial impact as SLQ is constrained by the existing 2020-21 budget allocation. The initial strategy to address this was to reduce view credits to 4 views per month, but this was not effective in reducing expenditure. Rather than cancel the service, the State Library of Queensland negotiated with the vendor for access to be limited to new release titles and this change was implemented in December. However, as the budget is now fully expended, SLQ will cancel this resource effective 15 February 2021. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.
Burdekin Library no longer subscribes to Beamafilm. We are investigating another streaming service which could be available early in 2021.