Library Genesis or LibGen is a search engine for articles and books on various topics, which allows free access to content that is otherwise paywalled or not digitized elsewhere. Among others it carries PDFs of content from Elsevier's ScienceDirect web-portal.
|Available in||English, Russian|
|Alexa rank|| 4,201 Global
(for the gen.lib.rus.ec mirror)
In 2015, the website became involved in a legal case when Elsevier accused it of providing pirate access to articles and books. LibGen is reported to be registered in both Russia and Amsterdam, making it unclear which legislation applies, and whether defendants will show up in a United States court hearing. LibGen is blocked by a number of ISPs in the United Kingdom, but such DNS-based blocks are claimed to do little to deter access. In late October 2015, the District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered LibGen to shut down and to suspend use of the domain name (libgen.org), but the site is accessible through alternate domains.
As of November 2017, the Library Genesis database contains more than 2.1 million books.
- On the LibGen homepage hover over topics. (http://libgen.io/#)
- Cabanac, Guillaume (April 2015). "Bibliogifts in LibGen? A study of a text-sharing platform driven by biblioleaks and crowdsourcing" (PDF). Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 67: 874–884. doi:10.1002/asi.23445. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- Glance, David. "Elsevier acts against research article pirate sites and claims irreparable harm". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- Mance, Henry; Correspondent, Media (2015-05-26). "Publishers win landmark case against ebook pirates". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- "UK ISPs must block ebook pirate sites (Wired UK)". Retrieved 2017-08-18.
- "Court Orders Shutdown of Libgen, Bookfi and Sci-Hub - TorrentFreak". TorrentFreak. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
- "Pirate research-paper sites play hide-and-seek with publishers". Nature News & Comment. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
- "Sci-hub, bookfi and libgen resurface after being shut down". TorrentFreak. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016.