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Starting Friday, anyone with a New York Public Library or Brooklyn Public Library will be able to stream thousands of awesome movies, including the entire Criterion Collection. Why? Because libraries are awesome, thatâ€™s why.
Truth be told, New York is playing a bit of catch up, after Los Angeles offered its public library card holders streaming movie privileges last month. Both cities offer this great new perk through Kanopy, a streaming video service that works with public libraries and universities all over the country. Even if you donâ€™t live in New York or LA, thereâ€™s a chance your local public library also offers this service. (Go to Kanopyâ€™s website to see if youâ€™re in luck.)
Weâ€™re not talking about free access to a bunch crappy movies youâ€™ve never heard of. In addition to the Criterion Collection, youâ€™ll find indie hits like 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces like Day of the Dead, and award-winning documentaries like I Am Not Your Negro. The New York Public Library deal does have some limitations, though. You can only stream 10 movies a month with a NYPL card and just six if you have a BPL card. Itâ€™s unclear if Brooklynites can double up and use both library cards to watch 16 movies a month. On the bright side, you can stream movies from Kanopy to any device.
Do you live in Los Angeles and pay for online access to the New York Times? Have I got a cheapskate â€¦
You can apply online for a New York Public Library card here and a Brooklyn Public Library card here. Information about LA Public Library cards can be found here. And donâ€™t forget: Not only do these library cards offer free movies, you can borrow books for free, too. Free knowledge!
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