Web Archive FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you use the web archive.

What is the NLI’s Web Archive?
The National Library’s Web Archive is a collection of archived copies of Irish websites or websites of Irish Interest.

Why is the NLI archiving websites?
It is the National Library’s mission to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary life of Ireland. Information published on the internet is vulnerable to change and loss and therefore the NLI must actively preserve this vital information before it disappears.

How does the NLI archive websites?
The NLI works with a technical partner, the Internet Memory Foundation to preserve and make available archived websites.

How are websites selected for inclusion in the archive?
Websites are selected in accordance with the NLI Collection Development Policy.

How often does the NLI archive the web?
The NLI archives the web on a regularly basis and material is made available throughout the year. Follow the NLI on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

How can I access the NLI’s web archive?
The NLI Web Archive is accessible here. It is available free of charge, to anyone anywhere in the world.

How can I find out more about the NLI archive?
You can find out more here, or get in touch by emailing webarchives@nli.ie
We also post regularly on Twitter and Facebook.

Why are some archived websites incomplete or displayed incorrectly?
Unfortunately there are limitations to what can be captured during our web archiving process.. Embedded videos, Flash content and other dynamic features like Google Maps may not capture.

What kind of resources does the archive contain?
The archive contains PDFS, Word documents; spreadsheets and other attachments that are available to download.

Why can’t you capture Facebook and other social media?
We can currently only capture Twitter and YouTube accounts . We are working towards being able to capture Facebook, Instagram and others.