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San Francisco, California

Tour of the Internet Archive

Go behind the scenes of an extraordinary digital library.

Behind the façade of the Greek Revival building on the corner of Funston and Clement is a library with the modest goal of providing "universal access to all knowledge."

The Internet Archive's mission is to digitize and preserve all media, and it contains hundreds of billions of web pages, and millions of books, videos, images, audio recordings, and even software programs. How do they store petabytes of data, scan 1000 books per day, and make it instantly available at your fingertips?

Now's your chance to find out! Come tour the beautiful, historic headquarters (formerly a Christian Science church) and see the servers, digitization hardware, arcade simulators, and physical media (think old books, home movies, bits of electronic ephemera). Led by one of the Archive's own engineers, guests are encouraged to come with questions and leave with a better understanding of the unique challenges facing the Web as we know it today.


  • This tour is free but capacity is very limited and RSVPs are required.
  • Duration: 45 min – 1 hour.
  • Contact us for accessibility accommodations.


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RSVP required.

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