Limited Access to Kanopy Streaming Media into 2021-22

Kanopy Cancellation: The streaming videos database will not be renewed for fall 2021
In August of 2020 Academic Technology negotiated a license with the Kanopy media streaming service using 2020-21 CARES Act 2 funding. This license allowed unlimited access to all content on Kanopy and was intended to support media for online instruction. In February 2021 the Library and Academic Technology approached Kanopy about a possible renewal of the license. Kanopy’s response was an 88% increase to the current price for a total cost of $170,000. Academic Technology and the Library determined this was neither a responsible or sustainable expenditure and decided not to renew the unlimited program with Kanopy. 
Access to the entire Kanopy collection will remain available through August 2021. Many titles will remain available well beyond that date as they are available for a full year after use "triggers" a one-year license. SF State faculty and students are encouraged to continue using the Kanopy content while it is still available. Faculty members who have been using a Kanopy streaming media title in their classes and want to be assured that it will continue to be available throughout the fall semester 2021 and/or the spring semester 2022 should submit a request through the Library’s Media Purchase Request form. Programs that are interested in bundling requests for multiple titles or have other questions about access to Kanopy streaming media titles can contact David Hellman, Library Collection Development Coordinator, at


Spotlight News Monday, May 03, 2021