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TPL Confidential: How To Stream Movies for Free

Have you ‘cut the cord’? The Library has you covered with Kanopy

Please welcome guest contributor Nicole Goolishian, assistant director of the Tewksbury Public Library. Her new column will highlight library services and provide a heads up on events scheduled for the following month that may fill up quickly, like the Strongwater field trip.

By Nicole Goolishian, Assistant Director, Tewksbury Public Library

Kanopy is the library’s all-in-one app for streaming movies, documentaries and television series. It is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store or in your web browser on your laptop or desktop computer.

To access the library’s digital film collection through Kanopy, you’ll just need your TPL library card barcode number to create an account.

Here’s an FAQ to help you get started:
🤔 How do I create a Kanopy account? You’ll need your TPL card, an email address and a password
of your choosing to create a Kanopy account. You’ll receive five credits to use each month, with credits resetting on the first of each new month.

🤔 What if I lost my library card? No problem! Stop by the Front Desk to get a free replacement card.

🤔 What devices are compatible with Kanopy? Apple and Android devices including smartphones and tablets are compatible. Additionally, you can access Kanopy at on an up-to-date browser such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari.

🤔 What films are available to stream with Kanopy? You’ll have access to over 30,000 films across genres including new releases, classics, world cinema, documentaries, and popular television series including British Television from BBC.

Looking for content for a younger audience? Kanopy Kids features content dedicated to children including popular television shows and characters and storybooks brought to life with audio for children to follow along with. Parental controls are also available on Kanopy.

🤔 Can I stream Kanopy on my TV? Yes! The Kanopy app is also available to be added directly to your smart TV with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chomecast, Roku, Samsung TV, and more.

Library staff are here to answer all your questions about streaming with Kanopy. Please visit the TPL website at or call the Reference Desk at 978-640-4490 x207 for assistance.

Looking for more from TPL? Check out these fun and free events coming up in June:

👀 20s & 30s: In Person: How to Make Your Online Dating Profile Stand Out with Profile Writer Lydia Kociuba, Saturday June 24, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Register here.

👀 Adult: In Person Field Trip to Strongwater Farm, Tuesday, June 27, 10 -11 a.m. Register here. ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!

👀 Children: In Person Family Game Night, Wednesday, June 28, 6 – 7 p.m. No registration required. More information here.

👀 Teen: In Person Teen Movie Monday: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 for grades 6-12, Monday, June 26, 2:30 – 5 p.m. Register here.

Stay tuned for more information about Summer Reading!

Library hours are Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m,, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The digital library is available 24/7 at

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