25 October 2017

Did You Know That You Can Borrow Books From Internet Archive?

Did You Know That You Can Borrow Books From Internet Archive?

I didn’t.  That is until I came across the book mentioned in the image to the left and spotted the words “Borrow This Book.”

Internet Archive

With those three words, I learned that you can “borrow” books for 14 days from the Internet Archive via its Books to Borrow page. In order to do this you must be registered with Internet Archive.  Here is a FAQs page on how you can borrow from the lending library.

Looking at my own account, it appears that you can currently have 5 books on loan at a time.  You can access the books online or download in PDF/ePub format.  When you are done, you can “return” the book.


This is one of my go-to websites for certain types of periodical publications. For free you can borrow up to 3 publications for 14 days each or for fees, you can borrow more.

Do note that with JSTOR, any loaned publication has to be on your shelf for 14 days before it can be returned!

Additionally, it’s possible to borrow books via digital offerings from your local or regional library.  I do 14-day loans of fiction books using this feature of my local library.

What other online platforms will “loan” books to individuals?

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