Please Donate to the Internet Archive

Dear Supporters of the Archive,

In the last year, the number of people using the Internet Archive has increased to two million people every day, and our collections of free books, music, video, and web pages have also grown by twenty to twenty-five percent.   This is great news, but we are doing it all on a shoestring budget.

This year we need your help.

In our virtual world, it is hard to see the 160 employees and countless volunteers at the Internet Archive that bring you these services, but we are here, and we are dedicated to building a global library that is free and open to all.

Please donate this year. Your continued support keeps the library free for millions of people.


Founder and Digital Librarian
Internet Archive

69 thoughts on “Please Donate to the Internet Archive

  1. Archivefan

    Please consider integrating the services of, offering “micropayments”.
    This way I (and others) could donate small amounts every time I use your fantastic service.

    Thanks for the work and merry Xmas to you folks.

    1. Mqrius

      Flattr: 10% fee? Minimum of €2 per month? Payout at the end of the month?

      Bitcoin: >$0.01 fee, no minimum, transfer visible instantly, confirmed in ~an hour.

    1. brewster Post author

      I have to admit, I dont know how to make this work, but we will figure it out. If you want to stay anonymous (which is one of the benefits) then we will post here. If you are up for helping us figure this out, please write to


          1. Henry B.

            Thanks for adding a Bitcoin donation address!

            However I have to add some constructive criticism and say that it’s positioned badly. I had to scroll the page to even see the Bitcoin donation link, I would have never found it had I weren’t explicitly looking for it.

            I have it on good authority that doing something about this will increase your Bitcoin donations significantly. We are a community that is proud of this technology and we will use it to support, which is a great site.

  2. Ed

    Sign up for I am sure you should get a number of reoccurring donations from people who use this website. And it is already a population of internet users who have already decided they want to give money to websites that make the internet a better place.

    1. SB

      I am not using the archive frequently, but I believe it’s important and I’ve used it a couple of times in the last years. Just went to this page to look for a flattr button too but didn’t find one.

      Although I am not fully convinced that the flattr concept will work for the archive, but at least it would be easy to try and to see whether frequent users use flattr.

  3. PB

    Saw this via this morning. I applaud all that you folks do, is awesome. I’m happy to (and now off to!) make a donation.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays!


    1. brewster Post author

      Thank you! Glad this is getting run in different corners of the net. We do need the donations this year, and I believe we are putting the money to work well.


  4. Ian Glidewell

    I will definitely be donating to the Internet Archive.

    The Wayback Machine has been a huge help for recovering articles from publisher websites (Such as Time Magazine) regarding certain individuals. Storage demands that these publishers pull these pages down after they’ve lost their significant bulk of traffic, but the Internet Archive has saved and salvaged these pages and has helped immensely with some research I’ve done.

    Thanks for all of your hard work, Internet Archive.

  5. Derp

    I understand your campaign isn’t as ostracized as Wikipedias but it’s begging all the same when we understand the people managing the money don’t know what they’re doing.

  6. Erroneous

    Your site hosts a bunch of live recordings we do on KAOS Radio so you bet I will donate since you are asking for it! I also heard about this on Reddit.

    You guys/gals are awesome, please keep doing what you are doing!

    1. internetarchive

      Hi Band Shirt Guy,

      Yes, the Internet Archive is a 501c3 nonprofit, so you donation is tax deductible. Thank you for considering a donation!


  7. Ceci

    I can only make a small donation, but it’s done. I hope you’re successful in reaching your funding goal. Good luck!

  8. Jeff

    Done and done! I enjoy your music archives very much, so I am glad to help out with a nice donation. Keep up the good work!

  9. Ryan

    Just Donated.
    Brewster and The Internet Archive are a refuge of sanity on this super highway.
    I was lucky enough to be a small part of the Archive A few years ago and will always treasure my time there.
    I can not think of a better return on investment.

  10. Jimmy

    It sounds weird, but haven’t you thought about adding some advertisements on the site?

    I’m not a fan of advertisements, but if you seriously need money.. it sounds like a good idea to me.

    Anyway, I’ve been a huge fan of the internet archive. It’s so simple, easy and fast I really admire you! (and your team, ofcourse.)

    I see you accept donations through Paypal, I’ll donate asap!

    1. Bob

      I think it’s easier to get intelligent people to donate several or more bucks to their favourite website than to turn-off their adblock and get exposed to animated ads, eroticized ads, false you have won i-pod ads and other filth that typically circulates advertising services.

  11. kerry erique

    why should we donate money when facebook and google android are secretly archiving our internet activity for free?

  12. Nikolaus


    Read about it at and published the donation request via facebook.
    In addition I think that Flattr could be a great possibility for you.

    Greetings from germany & thanks for your great work

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  14. Obsi

    You should put your bitcoin donation address on the donate page. The one I received from June was: 17gN64BPHtxi4mEM3qWrxdwhieUvRq8R2r

  15. Alex B

    I have some bitcoins around waiting for a good cause to show up 😉
    If you would like to include them into your donation alternatives got to , download the client and paste on your Donation page the first address that shows up when you start it. Happy holidays

  16. Mattomic

    I just made my donation. As a fellow librarian, media junkie, and info monger, I strongly value the service you guys and gals provide. I try to impress on my patrons the fact that stuff that gets posted on the web doesn’t necessarily stay there forever, but you guys make a valiant effort to make sure that not everything on it necessarily goes lost.

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    1. cunicula

      It is important because we it assures us that the bitcoins are actually going to the organization.

      1. James Phillips

        I concur.

        Any CSR can say: “Of course we susport bitcoin; just send the funds to my er my organization’s address.”

        With bitcoin, there are no reversals in the case of fraud: it works much like cash in this regard.

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  21. Homer Otto Goodall

    I have an entire library of banned literature in an encrypted box. I am going to open it up and put it on my secondary computer for uploading. The one I am using cannot upload.

  22. RodeoX

    Glad to see your accepting bitcoins. That makes donating so much easier.
    When I get home tonight, I’m sending some your way.

  23. Anonymous

    You have now reached well over a thousand dollars worth of Bitcoin donations in a matter of days!

    Food for thought: If Bitcoin rebounds back up to 31$, the current amount of donations will almost be equal to 11 thousand dollars!

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  25. Anonymous

    The Archive deserves, some donations, they allow us to share and watch old movies and cartoons that nobody cares about anymore.

  26. Sarahb

    Thank you for what you do! Donation made.

    Note: The page has a place to mark the amount of the donation. It is not passing that information on to paypal – on paypal it appears as $0. In order to make a donation I had to fill out the ‘item price’ field, which is not intuitive for a donation.

  27. Michael Berg

    Just donated. I can not overstate how important to me it is that the Wayback Machine is maintained and kept alive; there are just too many times that I’ve found data thought lost with your amazing tool.

    Keep up the great work, and know that your efforts are greatly appreciated!

  28. Homer Otto Goodall

    After my grandmother’s death in 1990 certain cardboard boxes I had not gone through. I will be uploading a whole host of old legal papers, handwritten deeds, receipts, tax forms, telephone bills, and other personal papers from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. This also includes about 500 old post cards from the victorian era. Many of these old papers are crumbling due to their age.

  29. Sam

    I’ll admit this is showing my age, but couldn’t we just have a postal address so that we can mail a check?

    1. internetarchive


      Internet Archive
      300 Funston Avenue
      San Francisco, CA 94118

      We appreciate any and all contributions. Thank you.

  30. Homer Otto Goodall

    I’ve finally gotten my box of old recordings uploaded. Enjoy. There is also a whole encrypted box of 1900s music me and my friends will be unpacking and uploading. Some people are accusing me of taking material from archive and reuploading it.

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