About Us

The Nancy Hanks Lincoln Public Library opened worldwide to a global audience on October 5, 2014 coinciding with the 196th anniversary of the death of Nancy Hanks Lincoln in 1818. Created and founded by publisher Gary Brin, this site envisions a simple idea of a universal online library for a global (English speaking only) audience. And while companies such as Google have attempted an Internet library previously, beginning in 2004, what resulted was a disappointing archive cellar (not a real public library) where many copies on display were unreadable because of poor scanning procedures and multiple missing pages per book(s). Other issues of concern for Google Books were never addressed due to the poor communication skills of the Google team. And yes, despite many emails to Google to correct the issues mentioned (over a period of years) nothing was ever done about the stated problems. In addition, some titles were carelessly mislabeled while others had upside down pages throughout or were cut in half for whatever reasons due to sloppy scanning practices by inexperienced and incompetent employees or volunteers. Nevertheless with such issues obviously an online topic of discussion for many book enthusiasts throughout the years, the idea of a real Internet public library (privately controlled and managed) was born (in late 2008 and achieved in 2014) where not only would complete copies of great books be made available worldwide without the previously mentioned issues, they would also be able to easily be read online or downloaded from anywhere without the annoying hassles that have plagued many so-called online libraries since the idea first came about in the late 1990s and partially realized in 2004.

Named in honor of President Lincoln's beloved mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, for her devotion to education and learning, this library is dedicated to putting the best collections of books ever published (as well as other material) under one roof for the first time ever. However, every book published in Europe and the United States (past and present) will not be made part of this library (whether available or not) just because it exists. Material selected for this library will be based on historical value and not commercial or popular value. Obviously everyone has their favorites but many of the specially selected titles that is (and will be) included in this library have not been seen publicly (in some cases) for centuries and are worth reading whether well-known or not. Reading enriches knowledge and knowledge is power, and so it is the goal of this library to make available as many titles as is possible in the coming years (published in English only) from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia in the hope that a worldwide audience will have the opportunity to look back on yesterday and appreciate the many fine contributions that have come from various individuals in the form of published fiction and nonfiction works that inspired and still inspire. In addition, in order to make books easier to find (on this site) than at a local library, all titles are cataloged by title under their associated subject matter and not under the Dewey Decimal System which is presently believe by many to be outdated. Books would also be listed in only one specific section and not be displayed in multiple sections based on similar subject matter (as they sometimes are in most public libraries) in order to avoid confusion as to where a specific title is located. An example of this idea would be the novel Black Beauty. It would be cataloged only under Classic Works because it is a fictional work of literature published before 1900. From 1900 onward all fictional works will be cataloged under Modern Works. Another example of this idea would be the nonfiction book Memoirs and Letters of Dolly Madison. It would be cataloged under American Politics due to Dolly Madison's political role in United States history. Other examples of nonfiction works such as the Mayflower Compact and Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front would be cataloged under Historical Studies and World War I due to the subjects described in each book. That said, books about famous historical figures like Abraham Lincoln or George Washington who were also associated with well-known events such as the American Civil War and the American Revolution would be classified only under American Politics due to their extended political careers and because it defined their historical legacy more accurately than the other-mentioned areas of United States history.

Much thought have gone into making this library a reality using a simple format easily understood by everyone (experienced user or novice) and though improvements will be continuously made, the general idea will remain the same, to make online reading of great books as well as films, television shows, documentaries, music, music videos, newspapers, magazines, news clips, and maps easily accessible for the masses worldwide. It should be noted that ALL books featured in this library are in public domain. Most books published after 1924 will not be included in the Nancy Hanks Lincoln Public Library (due to legal reasons pertaining to copyright violations) unless otherwise stated or until present copyright expires per title. However, a select list of unavailable copyrighted (and future library) titles will be made available in a downloadable PDF list (in an easy-to-read format) which will be updated regularly several times a year.

NOTE: WIFI SUPPORTED COMPUTERS AND OTHER MOBILE DEVICES MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DISPLAY OR DOWNLOAD BOOKS DUE TO LARGE FILE SIZES OF AVAILABLE MATERIAL ON THIS SITE. CABLE-BASED INTERNET SERVICES IS RECOMMENDED FOR VIEWING INSTEAD.

THIS LIBRARY IS FUNDED THROUGH DONATIONS AND GRANTS ONLY AND NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ANY GOVERNMENT ENTITY, ORGANIZATION, SCHOOL, COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY.