Vancouver Public Library patrons can now watch some of the best films in cinematic history online, for nothing more than the cost of a library card – that is to say, free.
Vancouver Public Library patrons now have access to the Criterion Collection streaming service, which contains over 300 films, from modern gems to bonafide pieces of cinematic history. The movies are organized and searchable by categories like silent movies, Japanese, French New Wave, and Italian, and include the works of legendary directors like Akira Kurosawa, Charlie Chaplin, and Ingmar Bergman.
“We’re delighted to be able to bring Vancouver this outstanding selection of films – available at any time, and from anywhere there’s online access,” Vancouver Public Library manager Kay Cahill said in a press release. “This is the first time we’ve offered streaming movies, and we’ve already seen a great response.”
No software is required to stream the collection, outside of a web browser. The collection can be accessed via the Vancouver Public Library website, where cardholders can sign in using their card number.
“Vancouver is home to a host of successful film festivals, which really speaks to how the city loves and embraces [movies,]” she says. “It’s exciting to be part of that with this new collection and this new streaming service.”