Announcing The National
Emergency Library

The Internet Archive has temporarily suspended all waitlists, allowing you to immediately check out any of the 1.4 million books currently in our lending library. Until June 30th or the end of the US national emergency (whichever comes later), every borrowable book will be immediately accessible by anyone—creating, in effect, a National Emergency Library.

@tomasino I don't get it. What was the original reason behind actually having waitlists in the first place? I mean, these are not physical books, right?..

@rysiek probaby a bullshit hoop they had to go through to qualify as a "library" to american government

@rysiek @tomasino copyright licensing bullshit, mostly — even digitally, libraries are only allowed to have as many ‘copies’ of the book as they paid for

Presumably they’re hoping everyone will be too busy with their own COVID-19 fallout to sue

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