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The Wikipedia Library

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The Wikipedia Library helps editors access reliable sources to improve Wikipedia.

We also help knowledge professionals share their collections with the public.

About the library[edit]

The Wikipedia Library is an open research hub, a place for active Wikipedia editors to gain access to the vital reliable sources that they need to do their work and to be supported in using those resources to improve the encyclopedia. We aim to make access and use of sources free, easy, collaborative and efficient.

The Wikipedia Library is run by a team of staff and volunteers led by Jake Orlowitz (User:Ocaasi (WMF)) and funded by the Wikimedia Foundation. We operate on a community-organized satellite model: we administer the global project but work with local coordinators in local Wikipedia projects to help each community set up their own libraries.

Get in touch!

email: wikipedialibrary at
twitter: @wikilibrary
facebook: The Wikipedia Library
mailing list: Wikipedia-Library

Our goals[edit]

Partner to provide free access to paywalled publications, databases, universities, and libraries

Facilitate research for Wikipedians, helping editors to find and use sources

Build relationships among our community of editors, libraries, and librarians

Connect editors with their local library and freely accessible resources

Promote broader open access in publishing and research

What we do[edit]

Journal access
We arrange donations of free journal access which editors can sign up for.
Book purchases
We help editors buy books that will help them do research.
Visiting scholars
We get editors university researcher staff status to access an entire online library collection.
Source sharing
We create resource sharing pages where editors can request a source from other editors.
Reference desk
We help set up reference desks for editors to ask research questions and get help and answers.
Research tools
We build tools that help editors do research and connect to sources

How you can get involved[edit]

Set up a local branch
We support your community to help build its own Wikipedia Library. Contact us!
Become a coordinator
We work as a cooperative team in areas of library, account, partner, reference, metrics, university, and technical management. Sign up to help.
Donor outreach
We want to contact lots of publishers and potential donors and need help sharing the work. We want your help.
Read the newsletter
Read about and stay up to date on our recent and ongoing activities.

My library
Was dukedom large enough.

— William Shakespeare

I have always imagined that
Paradise will be a kind of library.

— Jorge Luis Borges

People can lose their lives in libraries.
They ought to be warned.

— Saul Bellow

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.

— Albert Einstein

You build a thousand castles, a thousand sanctuaries, you are nothing;
you build a library, you are everything!
— Mehmet Murat ildan.