Home to one of the largest “collections of collections” on the Internet, ibiblio.org is an online public library with freely available software and information, for topics such as music, literature, art, history, science, politics and cultural studies. With between 12 million to 16 million worldwide transactions per day, it is a resource used frequently by audiences of all interests and backgrounds.
ibiblio.org was formed as a collaboration between the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill‘s MetaLab, formerly known as SunSITE, and the Center for the Public Domain in September of 2000. At UNC-Chapel Hill, ibiblio is supported by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Information and Library Science.
A pioneer from the start
For more than 15 years, ibiblio.org has been on the forefront of some of technology’s greatest movements, including Internet radio. It began as one of the world’s first online libraries and as a way to share and support all kinds of free software. Today, it also hosts more than 2,500 non-software related projects.
From Project Gutenburg (the famous free book archive) to etree.org (where fans of tape-friendly bands share concert music), and from charities and non-profits both locally and worldwide (especially those of the Tibetan government in exile) to video documentaries of folk practice, ibiblio.org hosts one of the largest collections of collections on the Internet.
Today, ibiblio.org continues its role as a technology pioneer by expanding its realm from simply Web-based services–it is involved in Internet2 projects, 3-D environments and video archiving, and it supports NASA educational videos and the streaming of seven not-for-profit radio stations. ibiblio.org is also involved in free software development directly with several local projects as well as leadership in the Linux Documentation Project.