March 29, 2020
The Internet Archive is offering a "National Emergency Library" - a collection of 1.4 million books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
The nonprofit group is suspending all waitlists for the 1.4 million works in its lending library. The Internet Archive has focused on digitizing 20th century books — obtained through Marygrove College, Phillips Academy, and Trent Univerity — that otherwise would not be available with many physical libraries closed to the public.
Signing up for an Internet Archive account is free and open to the world.