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Collections Update: Streaming Media - Kanopy

On September 14, 2020 we are introducing a new purchasing model for Kanopy films.

Kanopy is a streaming video service which provides access to educational titles, including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases on a wide range of topics. Kanopy titles are licensed from major producers and distributors including PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, and the Media Education Foundation.

The service has proved overwhelmingly popular, particularly as the University has moved to online delivery mode for most classes.

In our current purchasing model, when a Kanopy title is viewed more than three times, it automatically triggers a 1-year lease of the film (costing between $75 and $150). Costs for Kanopy title have been steadily growing over the years, and have increased dramatically since March 2020.

To effectively monitor costs, we are moving many of our titles into “mediated mode” which will ask you to submit a request for the library to purchase a film. This can be done directly from Kanopy or by contacting us directly at lib.collections@uoguelph.ca.

What does this change mean for you?

  • Starting September 14, you will still be able to view all titles in Kanopy’s catalogue.
  • In many cases, you will be able to start viewing films immediately by clicking on the title.
  • In other cases, where the film is a mediated title, you will be prompted to complete a request form for library staff to review before the film is leased and made available.

Once a request for a mediated title has been received, the library will respond as soon as possible (within a few business days). We welcome all requests, from faculty, students and staff, but will prioritize leasing films that support course instruction and student learning.

This change will allow the library to contain costs while still providing this very valuable collection to support core teaching and learning activities at U of G.


Please direct your questions to our Collections & Content team at lib.collections@uoguelph.ca