Burdekin Shire library members can now access more than 30,000 movies for free through film streaming service Kanopy, just in time for the September school holidays.
Cr McLaughlin said the popular on-demand service, which included some of the world’s best films, focused on delivering entertaining and enriching films for all ages.
“Kanopy is a wonderful free service which specialises in arthouse, indie and documentary films,” Cr Mclaughlin said.
“Its range includes award-winning documentaries, rare and hard to find titles, film festival favourites, indie and classic films and world cinema. Council is excited to join with the State Library of Queensland to deliver this excellent service to our members.”
Whilst the service does feature plenty of big-name titles such as Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Play School, it also includes films with unique social and cultural value.
The catalogue includes over 200 ESL and language films and over 700 films about Indigenous peoples of the world, with films available in more than 60 languages.
Burdekin Shire Council Manager Library Services Alexis Adams said the streaming service also featured family-friendly tools.
“This service has a ‘Kanopy Kids’ section, which is a carefully curated selection of films that are entertaining but educational and engaging at the same time,” Mrs Adams said.
Burdekin Library members can view up to 10 films per month on their preferred device for free, with the quota resetting on the first day of every month.
“Movies can be streamed via the dedicated Kanopy app, which is available through both the App Store and Google Play, or through the Kanopy website,” Mrs Adams said.
To begin viewing, simply log in to the Kanopy website or app with your library membership details, create a profile and watch from any computer, television or mobile device.
Once pressing play on a film, users have three days to view the film as many times as they like.
Kanopy was founded by Australian-woman Olivia Humphrey in 2008 as an educational tool for colleges and university.
In 2017 it started to become available in American libraries, with Australian libraries following suit this year.
If you have forgotten your membership details or password, please visit the Burdekin Library or Home Hill Branch Library or phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.
For more information, please visit https://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/community/facilities/libraries/elibrary/streaming-movies/#gsc.tab=0