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Public Statement: Supporting Waitlist Suspension for Books Loaned by the Internet Archive During the US National Emergency

March 24, 2020

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I support the Internet Archive and its mission to provide “Universal Access to All Knowledge.”

During this time of school and library closure at global scale, and a US national emergency, I support the Internet Archive’s use of Fair Use to eliminate waitlists for the books it lends to users through the latter of June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency.  The Internet Archive will use existing digital rights management controls to restrict the unlawful redistribution of these books.

These actions will support emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.  

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Alameda County Library

Amherst College

Arcadia Fund - a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin

Armacost Library, University of Redlands

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Auburn University

Bates College

Biblioteca Nacional Aruba - National Library of Aruba

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Brooklyn Public Library

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Califa Group

California Academy of Sciences Library

California Institute of the Arts

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Carleton College

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Center for Astrophysics | Harvard and Smithsonian

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies

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The Claremont Colleges Library

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Sacramento Public Library


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Update: April 23, 2020: We have received threats of violence and intimidation targeting endorsers. For the safety and security of information professionals in our community, we are making the list of endorsers private.  To date we have had more than 200 individuals endorse, continuing daily. You can support the suspension of waitlists via the form at