The Research Library has just become the first library in Australia to join the In-Library Lending program of the Open Library. A project of the Internet Archive , the Open Library currently offers 20 million edition records and 1.7 million eBooks, linked to WorldCat and to online booksellers such as Amazon.
There are 150 libraries worldwide participating in the In-Library Lending program, in which libraries co-operatively contribute to the Open Library digitised public domain books from their collections in exchange for access to a special set of over 100,000 fiction and non-fiction eBooks. These eBooks can be downloaded by Museum staff, and also by Open Library account holders who log in to the Museum’s public WiFi, in PDF, ePub, Daisy, DjVu and ASCII text formats.
On receiving news of the Research Library’s participation in the In-Library Lending program, George Oates, Project Lead of the Open Library and previously a guest speaker at the Museum, commented “Looking forward to PHM leading the way on the interwebs yet again!”.