Answered By: Tiffany Hebb
Last Updated: Sep 09, 2020     Views: 3

The Internet Archive is a digitization effort, similar to google books, where millions of books have been scanned. You can search easily without an account. Anyone can create a free account, and after doing so, check out a book to read the full-text. BIG CAVEAT: only one person in the world can be accessing that copy at a time.

More information about the project is available here:

The following information is from the Internet Archive help page - more questions answered here.

What is the loan duration for Internet Archive books?

Patrons now have a choice in selecting the loan period when they borrow a book.  Patrons can choose a short-term access for 1 hour, or a longer 14-day loan. If we only have 1 copy of a book, it is only available for 1 hour loan. If we have more than one copy of a book, it can be checked out for either 1 hour or 14 days, depending on availability.  If there are no copies available for 14-day loans, users can join a waitlist.

Can I download an encrypted PDF or EPUB of the book?

When patrons check out a book for 1 hour, they can only use it through the web book reader interface. When patrons check out a book for 14 days, they can either read the book through the web book reader interface or download an encrypted file using Adobe Digital Editions - the same technical protection software used by commercial publishers on their ebooks.

The book I want to read is only available for a 1 hour loan, but I can’t read the whole book in that time. Can I renew a book that I have borrowed for 1 hour?

Yes. If there are available copies, patrons can check the book out again.