Internet Archive globally enables reading 1.4 million books for free
Responding to #StayHome policies introduced in countries all around the world as a measure to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internet Archive has set up National Emergency Library, a temporary digital library aimed at supporting distance teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, libraries and other similar institutions are closed. The Library is currently offering global access to as many as 1.4 million e-books in the English language which may be checked out for a two-week loan. The titles may either be read online, on the Library’s website, or downloaded in the EPUB or PDF formats.
Founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996, with a mission to enable “Universal Access to All Knowledge”, the Internet Archive is a non-profit initiative and digital archive with headquarters in San Francisco, US. Apart from providing free public access to a vast collection of valuable digital material which currently includes 330 billion web pages, 20 million books and texts, 4.5 million audio recordings (including 180,000 live concerts), 4 million videos (including 1.6 million television news programs), 3 million images and 200,000 software programs, its activities include advocating a free and open Internet.