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Beyond Our Collection: Free(ish) Online Resources

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Internet Archive (

FREE access to digitized books / texts, audio recordings, videos, images, web pages and more


How to use the Internet Archive: Video

*Please note: you may need to log in with your GBC ID and password to view the video above*



How to use the Internet Archive: Step by Step


Step 1: Create a free account

With an account you can view digitized books and borrow (download) them for up to 14 days



Step 2: Search for your book / topic

screenshot of internet archive search box




Step 3: Under Media Type (left-hand side), choose Texts (if looking for books)


Click on a book to open it


screenshot of intern archive search results for Frank Lloyd Wright




Step 4: Borrow (to see the full text)

* You will need to create a free account to borrow books



Screenshot of book 'Frank Lloyd Wright Force of Nature"





Step 5: Search within the book


Screenshot showing search within book results




Step 6: Return the book asap (often only one person can borrow this book at a time)


Screenshot highlighting return book option at top of page