One web page for every book ever published. It’s a lofty but achievable goal.
To build Open Library, we need hundreds of millions of book records, a wiki interface, and lots of people who are willing to contribute their time and effort to building the site.
To date, we have gathered over 20 million records from a variety of large catalogs as well as single contributions, with more on the way.
Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open, and we welcome your contribution. Whether you fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget–it’s all welcome. We have a small team of fantastic programmers who have accomplished a lot, but we can’t do it alone!
There are a few different types of Borrow links, just FYI:
There’s a growing, cooperative pool of eBooks contributed by 1,000 libraries* participating in the In-Library Lending program.
Head to any of the libraries in the pool, log in to the WiFi, and you’ll get access to a special set of over 100,000 eBooks. It’s like an instant, hassle-free interlibrary eBook loan!
Don’t forget we also have over a million free eBooks available for reading online right now!
If we can’t offer an eBook to borrow, we link into the WorldCat catalog to help you find a copy to borrow from a library near you.
We’ve worked with OverDrive.com to connect our records into their local library eBook lending program. Here’s a search to get you started…