The Wikipedia Library
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 Wikimedia Foundation staff and global volunteers. 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.
What we do
Database access: Arrange donations of free access to paywalled resources which editors can sign up for.
Source sharing: Create resource sharing pages where editors can request a source from other editors.
Tools: Build tools that help editors do research and connect to sources.
How you can get involved
Set up a local branch: We support your community to help build its own Wikipedia Library. Contact us!
Translate: You can help editors who speak your language by translating the Library Card platform interface!
Become a coordinator: Help manage and improve the library.
Get your library involved: Explore our options for engaging as a library
Donor outreach: Contact publishers and potential donors. You can help.
Help us with tech projects: Help complete technical tools, tasks, and changes to improve research on Wikimedia projects.
Read the newsletter: Read about and stay up to date on our recent and ongoing activities.
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