Free film streaming with Kanopy

State Library of Queensland now provides free access to the on-demand film streaming service Kanopy.

Kanopy database

Kanopy database

Kanopy showcases over 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, hard-to-find titles, film festival favourites, indie and classic films and world cinema. There is a wide array of foreign language films and material of cultural value. Many films available on Kanopy are difficult to access elsewhere, making this a fantastic resource for movie buffs and students.

State Library members can stream 4 films or episodes per month. With thousands to choose from, and hundreds more being added each month, there is something to suit everyone. Select from popular or classic movies, or documentaries on business, health, science, history and the arts. There is also an amazing range of courses, giving everyone the opportunity to learn a language or take lessons in cooking, psychology, photography, history, health and much more.

Kanopy database

Find Australian films, such as Jasper Jones, The Dressmaker, Tracks, Mad Max and Kokoda, as well as cinema from around the world. There are also films suitable for children, including the favourites Where the Wild Things Are, Paper Planes and titles from ABC Kids. Kanopy Kids categories also include animated storybooks, educational films, anime favourites, classic tales, and movies and TV shows for older kids.

Kanopy Kids database

Kanopy Kids database

Access Kanopy through our One Search catalogue.

  • To choose a film, simply browse, or search by keywords. You can also sort by categories such as subject, supplier, filmmaker, language, year or duration.
  • To begin viewing, log in with your library membership details, create a profile and start watching from any computer, television or mobile device by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, Apple TV or Chromecast.


Fiona Dixon, Librarian

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Thanks so much for making this available. I had heard about Kanopy before but only recently tried to find it and so glad that State Library of Queensland have done so.

Hi.I'd really like to use Kanopy, but when I log in through One Search, Kanopy still asks for a personal subscription password. I've tried two browsers (Chrome and Edge), but neither works. What is happening?

I can't get into my account

I would like like to join the state library

Hi FrankWhen using Kanopy you first login using your membership details, then you need to create a profile (personal account). Once you have done this you should be able to view any film you want using our subscription through the profile you created. If you are still having problems please contact us through our Ask Us service

looking for film on art

Hi Dianne. Thank you for reading our blog post. If you are looking for some help in locating further information please go to our Ask Us page,, and fill in our research enquiry form. One of our staff can then have a search for you and see what they can find.

Need to have more selections like 15 per month