What’s going on with Kanopy? Why has the library scaled back on this vital service?

The library has experimented for the past couple of years with a streaming video platform called Kanopy.  We were excited to test out this service because it provides streaming access to a significant number of films.

Unfortunately, the unlimited subscription model for this particular platform has proven financially unsustainable. It provides access to a core set of films; all other films available on its site involve the purchase of additional licenses. (Harvard Library's Changes to Kanopy Streaming Service announcement gives more detail.)

We subscribe to multiple streaming video services. If you are unable to locate a streaming version of the film you’re interested in for academic use, please use the purchase request form to request streaming access to films. We will do our best to honor as many requests as we can.

  • For Kanopy in particular, please be aware that at this time we can only fulfill add-on licensing requests made by faculty for the purpose of course assignments or for doctoral dissertation research. Faculty can submit to the purchase request form above or simply add the film to their Course Reserve requests in Canvas. 
  • Faculty reviewing Harvard's streaming video film selection may want to take note of possible streaming video expiration dates.

Harvard Library is not alone in having made this difficult choice. Libraries like Stanford and Yale are also using the limited subscription model, and the New York Public Library system has had to cancel their subscription to Kanopy.

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Service Alert:

In observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day our services will be unavailable on Monday, January 18. There may be a slight delay in our responses to inquiries received over the weekend. If you're experiencing an ongoing technical issue when you attempt to access library materials with your HarvardKey, please report it to Library Technology Services.




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