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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 



What is Kanopy?

Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides instant access to thousands of critically acclaimed movies, documentaries and Kids favorites. They partner with studios like A24, The Criterion Collection, PBS and more to bring your library access to thoughtful entertainment.

How can I watch Kanopy?

Kanopy is available to WDM Residents with a valid WDM Library Card.  You get 10 credits per month, plus many titles – especially Kanopy Kids content – are credit-free to stream as often as you like.  

You can stream Kanopy on any of your favorite devices! Kanopy is accessible via mobile and tablet apps for iPhone and Android. You can also access Kanopy on your Desktop, as well as SmartTV apps like Roku, Apple TV, and Fire Stick.

Setup help can be found at

How to create an account

  • To get started, visit and select the “Add Library Card” button
  • Enter your WDM library card number
  • Create an account using your preferred email – you will need to click a link in a verification email
  • Begin streaming!

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