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Kanopy: Creating an Account

Kanopy is a streaming video service.

What are the benefits of my user profile?

There are a number of benefits to having your user profile set up on Kanopy. Key features and benefits of your personal user profile and user dashboard.

Key benefits of your User Profile

Some of the key benefits of setting up are your personal user profile are:

  • App use: A profile allows you to use Kanopy on device apps such as Roku, IOS, Android, etc
  • Power User Features: You can make use of the "power user" features on Kanopy such as clip and playlist making and watchlist creation tools, etc
  • Tailored content experience: With your profile, we can ensure to curate your experience on Kanopy to be much more personalized (i.e. we can ensure to tailor the website to be more geared to the films you are interested in based on what you have watched previously)
  • Disability controls: you can set disability controls via your user settings (for example, you can set your profile to permanently show films with the captions on)
  • Moving between libraries: users often move between libraries (e.g. someone moves location or moves between colleges). With your profile, you can simply log into Kanopy at your new library and carry with you all of your settings, playlists, watchlists, etc
  • Customer support: your profile allows us to more easily and quickly handle your customer support inquiries, because we can rapidly match your inquiries to your user profile to diagnose issues
  • Manage multiple libraries: some users have access to Kanopy via multiple libraries (for example, if they work at multiple colleges). You can easily add multiple libraries to your "memberships" on your settings and thereby profile all films you have access to
  • User Dashboard: You get a beautiful user dashboard to manage your settings and access lots of great features (see below)


Features on the User Profile Dashboard

Every user that signs up at Kanopy has their personal user dashboard. The key features of the user dashboard are:

  • My Watchlist: You can create watchlists of your favorite films - and share these or store them for later reference
  • Recently Viewed: You maintain a log of your viewing history - for your reference and for finding other like film suggestions.
  • My Comments: You can keep a record of comments you have posted on films and see who may have responded or also commented on those films
  • My Playlists: You can edit films (e.g. create clips and playlists) - and share these or store them for later reference. These will be stored for you on this tab
  • My Memberships: You can add your library and institution memberships here to have the links to the resources you have available at different libraries
  • ... and many other great features!

Creating an Account

The creation of a Kanopy account is not required for access.  Off-campus users are required to enter your e-ID and password. affilitation, not creating a Kanopy account.

A Kanopy account allows users to make clips from titles and construct their own playlist.  This personalized content can then be shared as a link or embedded.

To create your Kanopy account follow these steps.

You create your user profile by selecting the "Sign up" button at the top right of your library's Kanopy website and following the prompts.

Your user profile is required to establish yourself as an authenticated member of the institution for access and also allows us to deliver the great features of your user profile.

How to create your user profile?

1) Click "Sign up" on your library's Kanopy website

  • To find your library here you can look it up here:
  • On your library's Kanopy website - select the 'Sign up' button in the top right of the Kanopy website.

2) Set up your profile

Create your profile by either (1) using your social media account (Facebook, Google) or (2) inputting your details manually. 

  • If you select option 1, you will need to be signed into your Facebook/Google profile and Kanopy will ask for your name and email from those services to complete the sign up form.
  • If you select option 2, you will then be prompted to verify your email address - so you will need to jump over to your email inbox to click on the link there.

3) Add your library card details

The final step in the process (if you have not already been authenticated by your library through the process), you will be prompted to add your public library card details.


4) Enjoy!

You are now set up! Whenever you are signed into your user profile, you can access your ‘Dashboard’ from the top right. On the Dashboard, you can manage your personal profile details, your clips/playlists, watch list, recently watched, comments, and more. You can see more on the features of the user profile here.

On your dashboard is also a feature to manage your library "memberships" too. If you ever have trouble with this you can update your library memberships from this feature. To do so - select "My Dashboard" from the dropdown menu at the top right of the page, go to the "memberships" tab, and add then add the library or libraries that you are a member of.