The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit digital library of books, music, video games, films, internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide access to the general public, the print disabled, researchers, historians and scholars. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge - for free.
Because we are a library, we pay special attention to books. Not everyone has access to a library with a good collection, so to provide universal access we need to provide digital versions of books. We began a program to digitize books in 2005 and today we scan 1,000+ books per day. Books published prior to 1926 are available for download, and hundreds of thousands of modern books can be borrowed through our Open Library site.