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ibiblio (formerly and is a "collection of collections," and hosts a diverse range of publicly available information and open source software, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. As an "Internet librarianship," ibiblio is a digital library and archive project. It is run by the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communicationmarker at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker, with partners including the Center for the Public Domain, IBM, and SourceForge. It also offers streaming audio radio stations. In November 1994 it started the first internet radio stream by rebroadcasting WXYC, the UNC student-run radio station. It also takes credit for the first non-commercial IPv6 / Internet2 radio stream. Unless otherwise specified, all material on ibiblio is assumed to be in the public domain.

ibiblio is a member of the Open Library and Open Content Alliance.


In 1992, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker developed, which was to be an archive and an information sharing project for the public. It was funded by grants from Sun Microsystems, and thus the name. The relationship with Sun came to an end (an amicable one, according to the ibiblio FAQ. The change in name was for a "vendor-neutral name that expressed what our project has evolved into over the years") and the name was changed to MetaLab. It collaborated with various sources, including academic institutions, corporate businesses, and information technology entrepreneurs. In September 2000, MetaLab began to collaborate with the Center for the Public Domain; the name was changed to ibiblio to reflect the goal of being "the public's library and digital archive."

2002 2006 2008
Collections 800 1600+ 2500+
Visits (ftp+www/day) 3 million 15+ million 16+ million
Data (terabytes) 1 8 13
Web servers 1 large, 2 peripherals 22 www/vhosts 25 www/vhost servers
Database servers 2 5 7
Radio stations 4 7 6

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  2. ibiblio FAQ, "Why did you change names from SunSite to MetaLab? Why did you change the name from MetaLab to ibiblio?." Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

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