Internet Archive General Information

What is the nonprofit status of the Internet Archive? From where does its funding come?

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It receives in-kind and financial donations from a variety of sources as well as you.

Can I donate Cryptocurrency?

Yes, please do. Our BitCoin address is: 1Archive1n2C579dMsAu3iC6tWzuQJz8dN . Every bit helps.

How do I get assistance with research?

The Internet Archive focuses on preservation and providing access to digital cultural artifacts. For assistance with research or appraisal, you are bound to find the information you seek elsewhere on the internet. You may wish to inquire about reference services provided by your local public library. Your area’s college library may also support specialized reference librarian services. We encourage your support of your local library, and the essential services your library’s professional staff can provide in person. Local libraries are still an irreplaceable resource!

Does the Archive issue grants?

No; although we promote the development of other Internet libraries through online discussion, colloquia, and other means, the Archive is not a grant-making organization.

What’s the significance of the Archive’s collections?

Societies have always placed importance on preserving their culture and heritage. But much early 20th-century media — television and radio, for example — was not saved. The Library of Alexandria — an ancient center of learning containing a copy of every book in the world — disappeared when it was burned to the ground.