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Films, DVDs and Videos: Kanopy

Guidance on finding and using films in the library collections

Although Kanopy is different from Netflix and Amazon they do share one similarity – they only license content, they do not sell content.

When we purchase a license from Kanopy or any other streaming video provider, we are essentially leasing the content, but do not own the content.

Licenses permit access for a defined period of time, in the case of Kanopy, we primarily purchase 1 year licenses but have the option to purchase a 3 year license. Our licenses with Kanopy permit individual viewing from on or off-campus, course-related screenings, and even campus screenings to University of Exeter students and staff.

Access to Kanopy

If you want to watch a film from the Kanopy platform, you will first need to complete a request form, which will be sent to the library for review. The library will then assess the request and if approved, Kanopy will switch on access to the film.

We prioritise requests needed for teaching and research.

Please fill out this form and in your message specify the use (in-class screening, individual viewing for assignment, etc.) and a need by date. Once received, the library may email you for additional information before the film is purchased. 

Please note that all currently licensed films will still be available for instantaneous viewing, the form will only be presented when clicking on unlicensed films.


If a film is on a reading list and is available via Kanopy, you should not have to complete a request form.

The library will ensure these titles are purchased, so access should be immediate.

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