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National Library Week

Happy National Library Week! Here at the Internet Archive, we’re always ready to celebrate the important role that libraries play in our schools, communities, and larger society. This year, however, National Library Week comes during a tumultuous time, when thousands of physical libraries are closed or inaccessible.

The American Library Association originally chose “Find Your Place at the Library” as the theme for this year’s National Library Week—several months before COVID-19 became a concern. In response to the pandemic, a second theme was adopted: “Find the Library at Your Place.” Now more than ever, readers are taking advantage of the online resources that libraries can provide.

As your local digital library, we’re committed to providing useful materials anytime and anywhere—especially for our youngest patrons. In honor of National Library Week, we’ve compiled a number of resource guides and collections that can help students and new readers keep growing, even in the middle of a pandemic. Take a look!

With schools closing around the world, many students have lost access to physical school libraries. Luckily, there are ways to fill that gap. The Universal School Library is a collection of fiction and nonfiction books curated by a national advisory group of school librarians, librarian educators, and researchers. With more than 2,000 books available, the collection is meant to promote academic, cultural, and career literacy.


The Open Library project also recently announced a Student Library, with thousands of books organized by reading level available for grades K-12. For more collections of literature, nonfiction, and multimedia geared towards children, check out our Kid-Friendly Resource Guide!


If you’re looking for material on a particular topic, we’ve compiled a number of resource guides for popular subject areas. If you’ve got a budding biologist at home, you can check out our collections on animals and zoology, including everything from alligators to zebras, toucans to tigers, and butterflies to flying fish. (We also have guides to mythology, outer space, and a lot more!)


Interested in picking up a new hobby? We have a range of activity books that can engage children (and adults!) of all ages. Play some Sudoku, print off some coloring pages, try some new crafts, work out some brain teasers, or explore some new recipes from our collection of cookbooks!

Of course, there’s plenty of material in the Internet Archive for grown-ups, too. Our recent creation of the National Emergency Library has eliminated the waitlists for 1.4 million books in our collection, giving you instant access to classic literature, pulp fiction, self-help books, biographies, and so much more. Plus, here’s a quick guide to just a few of the multimedia materials waiting for you!
We hope these resources are useful to you during this period and in the months to come. Have a happy National Library Week, stay safe, and enjoy the archive!

-The Internet Archive Team

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