It wasn't that long ago when you could walk into a Blockbuster or Hollywood Video store and wander around for hours looking for the perfect Friday night movie to rent. Unfortunately, those days are gone.
Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are great, but what if you are looking for an old classic that they just don't carry? Sometimes it's frustrating when you can't find a copy of your favorite movie from the 1960s.
It's not just movie rental stores that are disappearing either. Music record shops have been fading away for years also. It would be nice if there was a way to find some of the more unattainable things online. Don't worry, there is!
The Internet Archive is a non-profit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
The site provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Its objective: "Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge."
It began over 20 years ago by archiving the internet itself. It now has over two decades of web history accessible through its Wayback Machine and it works with over 450 library and other partners to identify important webpages.
You can find tons of amazing content on the site. Including books, movies, music, and software. All for free!
Its archive currently contains the following:
- 279 billion webpages
- 11 million books and texts
- 4 million audio recordings (including 160,000 live concerts)
- 3 million videos (including 1 million television news programs)
- 1 million images
- 100,000 software programs
There is so much great stuff on the site you could get lost for days finding new things to watch and listen to or read. Take a look at the site. There's sure to be something that will pique your interest.
If you want to check out the Internet Archive, click the link below inside the blue box.