The Internet Archive has recently launched a new project. It’s no longer saving just a digital copy of books and websites; now it’s archiving paper books as well.

The Internet Archive has opened its first physical archive and it’s located outside in Richmond, California. At the archive, books are processed, catalogued, boxes, and packed into climate controlled 40′ long shipping containers. The IA launched this effort because it was watching some libraries throw away paper books after they’d been digitized. The whole purpose of the IA is to preserve content for future generations, so archiving paper books was a natural step.

Also, as it digitized more content, the IA realized that storing the content on a a hard disk still involved a physical preservation,which required maintenance and archiving the HD itself at the end of its lifespan. Microfilm was also just another physical format that stores information. This connection showed the IA that physical archiving is still an important function in a digital era.

via The Internet Archive