Answered By: Christy Nichols
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2023     Views: 6

What is Kanopy and how do I use it?

Kanopy is a streaming film database that features documentaries, world cinema, classic and independent films.

Kanopy can be viewed in a web browser, the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge is recommended. Individual Kanopy films can be found in LibrarySearch or you can browse MRU’s Kanopy collection via the link on the Databases A-Z. 


Do I have to create an account to use Kanopy?

No. If you are on campus viewing Kanopy in a web browser, you can play films without having to log in or create an account. If you are off-campus you will be prompted to log in remotely using your myMRU sign-in. 

Creating a free Kanopy account is only necessary if you are using the Kanopy Mobile app (available for most devices). 

To create an account using the app:

  • Click ‘Get started’ 
  • Click ‘Find University’
  • Search for Mount Royal University (or Mount Royal College in older versions of the app)
  • You may be prompted to log into MRU’s proxy using your myMRU login
  • Sign up using Google or enter your name, email address and create a password


Adding libraries to an existing Kanopy account 

If you already have a Kanopy account (e.g. through the Calgary Public Library), you can add MRU to your existing account. In the app:

  • Click ‘More’, select ‘Memberships’
  • Select ‘Add a library’
  • Search for Mount Royal University (or Mount Royal College)
  • You may be prompted to log in using your myMRU login

You will now be able to switch between libraries in the Memberships area.