San Francisco Public Library Web Archives

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The mission of the San Francisco Public Library Web Archives is to capture, manage, preserve, and provide access to web materials that shed light on the web presence of local governments, history, culture and society, spontaneous local events and institutions of the City and County of San Francisco.


Collection development policies for the San Francisco Public Library Web Archives Collection Policy follows the guidelines of the SFPL Collection Development Plan. The Web Archives will contain content relating to the history, culture, and current events of the City and complement and/or fill in gaps of existing collections or materials in SFPL. The web archiving team will also actively seek out web content from people and organizations that have been underrepresented.

The San Francisco Public Library Web Archives are available through the web archiving service Archive-It, an affiliate of the Internet Archive.


Here are a few of our collections:

View archived websites of the City’s social history, created/curated by history lovers including SFPL staff.

A community web collection mirroring the Library’s broader collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allies’ history and culture, with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area.

A collection of websites curated by the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, a resource center for information about the environment.

Community Webs

San Francisco Public Library was one of 27 public libraries to be selected to take part in Community Webs, a two year IMLS and Internet Archive funded program. To learn more visit Archive-It's Community Webs page or the Institute of Museum and Library Services at

Institute of Museum and Library Services    Internet Archive