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How to request a film not yet on Kanopy ("Search & Find")?

What is the Search Service?

Kanopy's "Search & Find" service provides dedicated personal support to academic libraries seeking access to high quality videos. This complimentary service supports academic libraries' efforts to source films they need for instruction.

Kanopy accepts general "film suggestions" as well (i.e. "these films would be nice to have available if possible"), however, the "search service" is intended primarily to secure essential films requested specifically for educational use. Kanopy carefully curates the collection, so only videos that meet our quality standards will be accepted into the collection.

How to submit a search request?

Simply email search@kanopy.com with as much information about the film you can (distributor information, IMBD links etc). We treat all requests by default as "search requests" so please indicate if the request is a "film suggestions" (i.e. these would nice to have).

How does the Search process work?

You will be immediately notified that your search request has been logged. If the answer is a definite "Yes" or "No" you will generally be notified within three business days. If the answer is Maybe", we initiate the search process.

The search team will track down the rights-holder and negotiate for rights. We typically ask for 2-3 weeks for this process. The timeframe is largely out of our hands and depends very much on the rights-holder's response and interest. Some move quickly (especially producers we have preexisting relationships with), whilst others can take longer with their deliberations. We will typically "close" a request if it is taking too long without any signs of possible success at the 3-week mark. We will aim to provide ongoing updates on the search and you can always email the search team directly for an update.

Our success rate depends on the nature and age of the requested video (e.g. Hollywood titles will be more difficult than documentaries; films from existing producers are easier than new producers who need new agreements). 

What happens if you source the film?

This is a free service and we do not charge for the effort our team invests into investigating and trying to source the films for you.

Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing search@kanopy.com.

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