Unprecedented seizure of our domains with books on rare languages

Nov 12, 2023

Today we are forced to share some sad news - yesterday many of our domains were seized again. We should highlight that the majority of the seized domains were not mirrors of the Z-Library website. Instead, they were separate sub-projects, containing only books in rare languages of the world, and their blocking is perplexing. For instance, these domains included books in Tamil, Mongolian, Catalan, Urdu, Pashto, and other languages:


Over the 15 years of the project's existence, we've managed to collect an impressive collection of rare texts in many uncommon languages. These domains featured many unique texts that can't be found anywhere else, including rare books, documents, and manuscripts. All of this is a priceless heritage, contributing to the preservation and study of world cultures, and serving as important material for researchers in linguistics, anthropology, and history.

Moreover, we didn't just collect texts, but created unique tools for working with them, allowing researchers to quickly find the necessary information and study texts on a deeper level. We've invested a lot of time, resources, and funds to digitize these materials and make convenient mechanisms for working with them.

For example, we have extracted text layers from 100,000,000 files, including OCR recognition, and now anyone can use our full-text search in any language. Or we have converted millions of files for the possibility of online reading. Such tasks require 1000 CPU cores over many long months and cost a great deal of money (donated by you, thank you for your support ❤️)

After the mass blocking of our domains last year, we specifically separated texts in rare languages into separate sub-projects, so that researchers wouldn't lose access to this unique material. However, as we can see, this didn't help. We don't understand what relation the USA or FBI has to Bashkir or Tamil books, and why these resources are blocked (don't worry, we didn't lose the files, only the domains).

Nevertheless, we think it's important to inform you about what's happening. We want to express our gratitude to everyone who supports the project in this challenging time, helping us in the collection and systematization of literature. Despite the unprecedented pressure, we won't abandon our attempts to make this world better, and we will soon delight you with new functionality and new global projects to preserve knowledge.
Please don't forget to sign our petition to restore access to Z-Library and stop the illegal criminal prosecution. Thank you for your time and support!

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R. David Lankes