Back to School with the Internet Archive: Fall 2021

Back in March 2020, teachers were asking themselves a nearly unthinkable question: “How are we going to get books in students’ hands with our schools & libraries closed?” We’ve heard from hundreds of teachers about the challenges they faced in connecting remote learners with books during COVID. Here is their story:

And here we are in August of 2021, with another school year about to start, and educators are still asking this same question. As a nonprofit dedicated to Universal Access to All Knowledge, the Internet Archive provides a number of free resources for parents, students, teachers, and librarians around the world. Check out these tools for remote learning:

Curated Collections

  • Our site is packed with free, kid-friendly learning resources
  • Looking for ways to bring diverse representation into your classroom reading? Find books that support the LGBT+ community in Open Library.
  • In 2015, ten-year-old Marley Dias set out to increase representation of books in which black girls are the main character with her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign. Inspired by Marley, we want to support schools to make learning more inclusive. Find more than 300 of the curated titles in our library. 

Lesson Plans

  • Looking for lesson plans? Browse our collection to find detailed notes on hundreds of books and themes this summer, including Gulliver’s Travels and Don Quixote.
  • Do your students struggle with math? Online tutor The Math Sorcerer has put together a list of math books and resources for self-studying, covering a range of topics and abilities. Borrow the books and help your students gain confidence with math.

Tips for Using Our Library

How long can I borrow a book? How many books can I check out at once? Find all the information you need to know about borrowing books from the lending library in our online tutorials and get reading!

Learn More

Follow #LearnWithIA on Twitter throughout the month of August for additional tips & resources!

4 thoughts on “Back to School with the Internet Archive: Fall 2021

  1. Ez

    Question for someone at
    There are a couple of books I’m interested in seeing online @, but as far as I know, they’re not yet there. The question is, can I scan my physical copy of the book and upload it myself? If the book was out of copyright, I would just do it, but I’m not sure if it is… If there IS still a copyright attached to it, then will be able to turn my upload into a “Book to Borrow”, or do those books HAVE to be scanned by the Archive itself in order to avoid legal issues? I don’t want to infringe on copyright terms, but seeing that there are lots of other copyrighted books here, I’m wondering if it’s possible to contribute a copyrighted book without running afoul of copyright law.
    Thanks for all you do! I use nearly every day, and can’t imagine life without it. 🙂

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