Kanopy’s Credit-Free Viewing Titles

If you love watching movies and television shows on Kanopy, you’ll be thrilled to learn about their selection of titles you can stream credit-free, opens a new window!

With your San Mateo County Libraries card, you can already enjoy 10 Kanopy titles each month. But why stop there? No matter how many borrows you have left, you can watch all the credit-free titles your heart desires.

This includes many award-winning independent documentaries—perfect for anyone curious about all the varied experiences of our shared world.

Kanopy regularly rotates its credit-free viewing options, so be sure to check the website for updates. Below, we’ve highlighted a few of the fascinating films waiting for you right now.

Spiral Bound, opens a new window

Together, a group of high school students and college students spend a summer exploring the links between art, activism, social justice, and education. Spiral Bound follows their efforts to empower each other and advocate for the importance of arts education. It also features music and artwork created by the students themselves.

Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak, opens a new window

Most of us know Maurice Sendak as the author of the beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. Featuring James Gandolfini, Meryl Streep, Catherine Keener, and Tony Kushner, this short, personal documentary reveals another side of Sendak’s artistry, sense of humor, and fascination with mortality.

 Note: While Sendak is a children’s author, this documentary is aimed toward adult audiences.

On a Knife Edge, opens a new window

Spanning five years, this coming-of-age documentary follows Lakota teenager George Dull Knife as he joins the American Indian Movement to fight against racism, police brutality, and systemic injustice. While George struggles with disillusionment, familial and tribal history push him to continue striving toward justice.

Purdah, opens a new window

Kaikasha Mirza is a Muslim teenage girl preparing to try out for the Mumbai Senior Women's Cricket Team. Rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, opens a new window, Purdah offers an intimate portrayal of Kaikasha and her sisters as they struggle under the weight of poverty, societal pressure, and familial expectations while pursuing their dreams.

Which of Kanopy’s credit-free streaming films have you enjoyed recently? We’d love to hear about your cinematic journeys in the comments below!