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Welcome to Open Library! is an online California State Library run by the non-profit Internet Archive which enables patrons to browse and checkout millions of digital books using their computers and mobile devices. The service is provided for the public good and is available to patrons free of charge and ad-free. On, your account is your library card and a valid email address is all that's needed to get started.

With the world's help, Open Library aspires to be a comprehensive public catalog of every book ever written. When Open Library doesn't have a book to read or borrow, the websites tries to provide patrons useful information about the book, as well as which libraries or bookstores may have the title available.


Open Library offers a variety of features, including:

Video Tour

Watch a short video introduction to Open Library

An Open Library

  1. Open Library is run as an open-source project. More than 100 volunteer contributors from around the globe work together to make possible.
  2. Just like Wikipedia, Open Library is a wiki. This means anyone with an account may contribute to improve the accuracy and completeness of Open Library's book catalog.
  3. Open Library is a democratic library. The community can help add titles to Open Library's lending program by sponsoring books.


February 20, 2023 Edited by AgentSapphire fix typo
June 27, 2021 Edited by dcapillae Compose: fix numbered list (markdown doesn't work well?)
March 21, 2020 Edited by Mek Edited without comment.
March 21, 2020 Edited by Mek Edited without comment.
May 26, 2008 Created by Anand Chitipothu Guided Tour in English