Open Library – Borrow Modern eBooks

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.

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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:

In-Library Loans

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!

Open Lending

Any Open Library account holder around the world can borrow from a smaller collection of about 10,000 eBooks. Brought to you by the Internet Archive and its partner libraries.


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 to connect our records into their local library eBook lending program. Here’s a search to get you started

Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and has been funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.