Wichita Public Library Announces New Streaming Service and 28-Day Internet Access Tills
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Public Library announced new services this week.
Kanopy streaming service
On Wednesday, the library announced that residents with a Wichita public library card can now stream films, documentaries, foreign films and TV series with Kanopy. Kanopy is a video streaming platform devoted to thoughtful and stimulating films.
Each month, customers can watch seven movies, access two The Great Courses classes, and watch content on Kanopy Kids. It is a free service accessible only by the library.
Kanopy is available on many devices, including Apple TV and Roku. Customers can also access Kanopy through the mobile app (available on iOS and Android devices and Amazon Fire tablets) and through the Kanopy website. Customers will create an account using their library card number.
If at any time customers are having difficulty registering their account, they can call 316-261-8500 during business hours and request a technology trainer. Customers can visit wichitalibrary.org for more information.
Internet access Bundles
On Monday, the library also announced that it has received American Rescue Plan Act funding from the Federal Communications Commission to put into circulation 250 internet packages for customers to borrow. Internet offerings will include a wireless hotspot and a Chromebook.
Each pack comes with a Chromebook 3100, T-Mobile hotspot, information about library services, a copy of the library’s Internet and Acceptable Use Policy, and how-to guides for the use of these devices.
“One of the pillars of how our library works is providing digital access to all members of our community, so it’s a great way for us to kind of bridge that digital divide,” said Sean Jones, Wichita Public Library Communications Specialist. “We saw other libraries doing something similar and thought this was the perfect time to introduce it here in Wichita.”
Jones added that over the past year and a half, the library has seen a demand for the service due to COVID-19 and people working and taking classes from home.
Customers can call 316-261-8500 or visit catalog.wichitalibrary.org to suspend an Internet plan. Customers must have a valid library card to use this service. Prizes can be picked up at any Wichita Public Library location and will be available for 28 days.