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Internet Archive Projects

Open Library is comprised of two great parts! A free, digital lending library of over 2 million eBooks that can be read in a browser or downloaded for reading off-line. And, a unique project to build one web page for every book ever published. Over 20 million books already have a page on

Please participate in the building of this site. It is an Open project - the software is open, the data is open, the documentation is open, and the site is open. Anyone can participate in this project, whether you're a librarian who wants to add records of digitized books to her local catalog, or you're a lover of books who wants to make sure his favorites are well represented, or you just want to find a good book to read for free, or you're a programmer who wants to build something new on top of this data.

Scanning Services

Internet Archive can digitize your collections and provide open and free access, long-term storage, unlimited downloads, and lifetime file management. Internet Archive has scanned more than 600 million pages with partners ranging from the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian to New York Public Library, Harvard, and MIT. Contact if you are interested in having your collection digitized.

Software Archive

The Software Archive is designed to preserve and provide access to all kinds of rare or difficult to find, legally downloadable software titles and background information on those titles.

The collection includes a broad range of software related materials including shareware, freeware, video news releases about software titles, speed runs of actual software game play, previews and promos for software games, high-score and skill replays of various game genres, and the art of filmmaking with real-time computer game engines.

Wayback Machine

Internet Archive's web archive, launched in 1996, contains over 2 petabytes of data compressed, or 150+ billion web captures, including content from every top-level domain, 200+ million web sites, and over 40 languages.


First deployed in 2006, Archive-It is a subscription web archiving service that helps organizations to harvest, build, and preserve collections of digital content. Through the user friendly web application Archive-It partners can collect, catalog, and manage their collections of archived content with 24/7 access and full text search available for their use as well as their patrons. Content is hosted and stored at the Internet Archive data centers.

Over 240 partner organizations in 46 U.S. states and 15 countries currently use Archive-It, including state archives and libraries, university libraries, federal institutions, museums, NGOs and public libraries.


The BookServer project provides an open architecture for vending, lending and distributing books over the Internet. Built on open standards, the BookServer model allows a wide network of publishers, booksellers, libraries, and other parties to make their catalogs of books available directly to readers through their laptops, phones, netbooks, or dedicated reading devices.

NASA Images

NASA Images was created through a partnership between NASA and the Internet Archive to bring public access to NASA's image, video, and audio collections. is the largest collection of NASA media available from a single, searchable site.

The site contains everything from classic photos to educational programming and HD video, and is growing all the time as we continue to gain both new and archived media from all of NASA's centers.

Through the development of we hope to promote education and facilitate scholarship in the math and sciences at all levels, and to build general interest and excitement around space exploration, aeronautics, and astronomy.

Open Content Alliance

The Open Content Alliance (OCA) is a collaborative effort of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world that helps build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia material. An archive of contributed material is available on the Internet Archive site and through Yahoo! and other search engines and sites.


Open Education Resources library containing hundreds of free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China.


The Bookmobile is a mobile digital library capable of downloading public domain books from the Internet via satellite and printing them anytime, anywhere, for anyone. The Bookmobile has travelled across the United States, and versions of it have been built and used in Egypt and Uganda.

Open Community Networks

Internet Archive's Community Networking project provides free, high speed wired and wireless Internet to residents of San Francisco. The project has evolved greatly since its inception in 1997, and currently works with the City and County of San Francisco to provide free, high speed internet to low income San Francisco residents. We are intersted in providing the same to other communities. If you are interested, please contact


The PetaBox was custom-designed by Internet Archive staff to safely store and process one petabyte (a million gigabytes) of information. The goal was to make a storage system that was low power, high density, easy to scale and maintain, and low cost. PetaBoxes are now in use at major academic institutions and government agencies. The Internet Archive houses more than 10 petabytes of PetaBox storage technology and is expanding steadily. is an independent service for archiving URL mappings. The goal of the service is to provide protection for every day users of short URL services by providing transparency and permanence of their mappings.