January 24, 2022

Internet Archive Expands Access to Millions of Books For People With Disabilities

For many, the Internet Archive IS the Wayback Machine (one of the most important Internet resources) and perhaps the TV News Archive or the wonderful Archive-It service. However, it’s so much more. With so many wonderful services it’s easy to forget all that they offer users.

Today, news about one of their most important services expanding. Kudos IA!

From an Internet Archive Blog Post:


Now, disabled users that are certified by a growing number of organizations can borrow hundreds of thousands of modern books and download mostly older books all for free.

Individuals that are already a qualified user of  NLS-BARDBookshare, or Ontario Council of University Libraries Scholar’s Portal (ACE)  can link their archive.org accounts and gain access.

Individuals that are are affiliated with any of these organizations can contact them to authorize their archive.org account for print-disabled access.

Individuals can also request verification for free by filling in this form to contact the Vermont Mutual Aid Society.

We welcome other organizations, such as libraries, schools, hospitals, and dedicated service organizations to join in this free program to certify users for access and also get full access to digital books for further remediation.

If you have questions or suggestions about this program, please contact the Internet Archive. We are excited to be able to offer these services to the print-disabled community.

on a Related Note…

Roundup: Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act Signed Into Law (October 10, 2018)

A Few (of Many) IA Announcements From 2018

World’s Largest Collection of Tibetan Buddhist Literature Now Available on the Internet Archive

Internet Archive Announces Availability of Afghan Media Resource Center (AMRC)/Images of Afghanistan 1987-1994 Collection

Full Text Search: The Open Library Now Allows Users to “Search Inside” More than 4 Million Books

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.