Answered By: Timothy Grasso
Last Updated: Oct 11, 2021     Views: 27

How do I read an Internet Archive eBook linked in the Library catalog?

Most eBooks in the Internet Archive that are not already in the public domain require a free account to read. You can create your free account here, or by clicking "sign up" on the upper right of the Internet Archive screen.



Your Fuller ID will not grant you access to view or download eBooks in the Internet Archive.

If you already have an account, simply click the "log in and borrow" button to read the eBook online.



The Internet Archive operates on a model of 'one book owned, per book lent.' If the archive only physically controls one print book, they will only lend one eBook copy at a time. eBooks with only one copy can be borrowed and read one hour at a time. There is no waitlist for single-copy items. 

If more than one copy of a work is available, then additional copies can be downloaded using free Adobe Digital Editions software for 14 day check out periods. This is the same software used to download library eBooks from EBSCO or ProQuest. Users will be given the option to join a waitlist if a downloadable eBook is already checked out.

You can read a detailed explanation of the download procedure and other lending policies from Internet Archive here.

What is the Internet Archive?
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper public library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Their mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.

The Archive collects much more than just eBooks and related texts, but all of the borrowable eBooks/texts are located in this collection. Users can also browse sub-collections of eBooks organized according to contributor and subject.