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Library Genesis or LibGen is a search engine for articles and books on various topics,[1] which allows free access to content that is otherwise paywalled or not digitized elsewhere.[2] Among others it carries PDFs of content from Elsevier's ScienceDirect web-portal.[3]

The Library Genesis Project
Available in English, Russian
Alexa rank Increase 4,201 Global
(for the mirror)
Commercial No
IP address

In 2015, the website became involved in a legal case when Elsevier accused it of providing pirate access to articles and books.[3] LibGen is reported to be registered in both Russia and Amsterdam, making it unclear which legislation applies,[3][4] and whether defendants will show up in a United States court hearing.[3] LibGen is blocked by a number of ISPs in the United Kingdom,[5] but such DNS-based blocks are claimed to do little to deter access.[3] 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 (,[6] but the site is accessible through alternate domains.[7][8]

As of November 2017, the Library Genesis database contains more than 2.1 million books.

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  1. ^ On the LibGen homepage hover over topics. (
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Glance, David. "Elsevier acts against research article pirate sites and claims irreparable harm". Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  4. ^ Mance, Henry; Correspondent, Media (2015-05-26). "Publishers win landmark case against ebook pirates". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  5. ^ "UK ISPs must block ebook pirate sites (Wired UK)". Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  6. ^ "Court Orders Shutdown of Libgen, Bookfi and Sci-Hub - TorrentFreak". TorrentFreak. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  7. ^ "Pirate research-paper sites play hide-and-seek with publishers". Nature News & Comment. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  8. ^ "Sci-hub, bookfi and libgen resurface after being shut down". TorrentFreak. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 

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