National Emergency Library Created by Internet Archive #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


On March 24, 2020 the Internet Archive announce it suspended its waitlists for the over 1.4 million books in their lending library by creating a National Emergency Library without joining a waitlist. In addition to the general public it assists students with access to assigned readings and library materials for the remainder of the US Academic Year. Due to the Coronavirus  outbreak public libraries are closed and this facilitates access to read while keeping safe.  The waitlist suspension will run through  the later of June 30, 2020 or the end of the national emergency.  You can access the national emergency library at:


The National Library brings the books from the Phillips Academy Andover, Marygrove College and much of Trent University’s collection with over one million other books that have been donated other libraries to readers worldwide that are locked out of their libraries..  The books are all digitized.


In addition to the National Emergency Library, the Internet Archive also offers free public access to 2.5 million fully downloadable public domain books, which do not require waitlists to view.


To read more see:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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