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Free video streaming available from Phoenix-area libraries

Posted at 6:00 AM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 09:02:06-05

PHOENIX — If you're trying to cut the cord and use more streaming services, you know those monthly fees can add up, but there is a simple way to watch movies and tv shows online for free.

More libraries are adding download and streaming options, and all you need is a library card.

Digital demand is rising at the Phoenix Public Library causing it to upgrade services by adding movie and TV-streaming sites like Kanopy, Overdrive and Hoopla.

"Libraries are all about what medium we can find, or what platform we know that information is now coming out to the community. How do we provide that through the libraries?" said Lee Franklin, Community Relations Manager for the Phoenix Public Library.

There are more than 50,000 titles in the movie library, a mix of classics and the most recent Oscar winners. Each site has its own app that can be streamed onto a smartphone, tablet or smart TV.

The sites walk users through creating an account using your library card number. Some movies can be watched at any time, others, like e-books, have limited copies so you can build a playlist until it's your turn.

Chandler, Tempe and Scottsdale libraries all offer the same or similar movie streaming options.