Internet Archive Access Policy

1. Introduction

The Internet Archive Access Policy outlines the principles and guidelines for providing universal access to the materials and collections held within the Internet Archive, a non-profit research library. As an organization committed to democratizing knowledge, the Internet Archive strives to ensure that its resources are accessible to all users, irrespective of their physical abilities, geographical location, economic status, or institutional affiliation. By providing universal access, the Internet Archive seeks to empower users with knowledge and foster intellectual curiosity for the betterment of society.

2. Access Principles

a) Universal Access: The Internet Archive is dedicated to providing free and open access to its collections to promote education, research, and public interest globally.

b) Access for Users with Print Disabilities: The Internet Archive provides access to materials in special formats for users with print disabilities.

c) Non-Discrimination: Access to the Internet Archive’s resources shall not be denied or restricted based on factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or social status.

d) Preservation of Cultural Diversity: The Internet Archive acknowledges the importance of preserving and promoting cultural diversity and aims to reflect this in the diversity of its collections.

3. Access Channels

a) Online Access: The Internet Archive provides online access to its collections through its website, allowing users to search, browse, and retrieve materials digitally.

b) Physical Access: In cases where materials are not available digitally or are restricted due to copyright, the Internet Archive may allow on-site access for research purposes, subject to appropriate security and handling measures.

4. User Responsibilities

a) Terms of Use: The Internet Archive’s Terms of Use governs patrons’ use of the collection of Web pages and other digital content available through the Internet Archive.

5. Special Access Programs

a) Special Collections: The Internet Archive may establish special access programs for certain collections that require additional security measures or have limited public availability due to sensitive content or copyright restrictions.

b) Educational Initiatives: The Internet Archive may collaborate with educational institutions and researchers to provide tailored access to specific collections for educational and research purposes.

6. Accessibility Considerations

The Internet Archive strives to make its digital resources accessible to individuals with disabilities, ensuring compliance with accessibility standards and providing alternative formats when feasible.

7. Data Privacy

The Internet Archive is committed to protecting the privacy of its users and adheres to relevant privacy laws and regulations.

8. Review and Revision

This Access Policy will be periodically reviewed to ensure that it remains aligned with the Internet Archive’s mission and adheres to evolving legal and ethical considerations. Any updates or changes will be communicated transparently to users.

Last updated August 29,