Public libraries are among the victims of the new coronavirus outbreak, which has been closed in many communities around the world, according tomedia reports. To that end, the Internet Archive recently announced a new initiative to expand the use of digital books during the new crown pandemic.
For nearly a decade, The Internet Archive has run a project called Open Library that allows people to “access” digital scanning of physical books stored in internet archives. Readers can view these books in a browser or download them to an e-reader. However, users can borrow only a limited number of books at a time and need to “return” for a limited period of time.
Until last week, Open Library’s lending mechanism, like a physical library, capped the number of books borrowed. Of course, unlike the latter, the front is artificial.
But now, with the closure of libraries around the world, the Internet Archive has announced a major change: the temporary lifting of this limit.
“By establishing a national emergency library to serve displaced students, the Internet Archive will suspend the waiting list for 1.4 million (and increasing) books from our loan libraries,” the Internet Archive wrote in a post on Tuesday. The suspension will last until 30 June 2020 or the end of the National Emergency , whichever is later. “
The announcement generated a lot of public interest, with nearly 20,000 new users registered on Tuesday and Wednesday local time. In recent days, Open Library has “borrowed” between 15,000 and 20,000 books a day.
“Given our nation’s emergency, this library system will help those forced to study at home in the future,” said Brewester Kahle, founder of The Internet Archives. In addition, the Internet Archive said the project would ensure that students had access to the books they needed to continue their studies at home during the new corona virus blockade.