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Your SF library card gives you access to 30,000 movies at home for free

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Who needs Netflix when you can watch thousands of movies at home for free? Last fall, the San Francisco Public Library launched a new partnership with Kanopy, an on-demand video platform that allows users to watch over 30,000 movies. Best of all, there are no commercials or fees—all you need is your library card.

The streaming platform, which has already launched in L.A. and New York libraries, brings a curated collection of the world’s best films to the public, including movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, film-fest picks, indie classics, world cinema, rare and hard-to-find titles and critical favorites. Kanopy also has a section that highlights local filmmakers, films that are set in San Francisco and those that are relevant to today’s issues. Make sure to bookmark gems like Forever, Chinatown, We Were Here and The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

All in all, Kanopy’s library is made up of 60% documentaries, with over 1 million minutes and more than 17,000 hours of content. I guess we know what you're doing this weekend.