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The Internet Archive: Building an 'Internet Library'



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Internet libraries are...
Libraries that store digital materials from the Internet and beyond.

They’re created to...
Preserve a record of digital materials and give free, permanent access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Internet Archive Colloquium 2000 a Success

Current Archive Users
Library of Congress
Xerox PARC
Federal Government Information Clearinghouse

The Internet Archive is building a library of snapshots of publicly accessible Internet sites. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, and scholars.

The Archive’s Internet Collections as of March 2000
Web (1996 to now)
1 billion pages
13.8 terabytes (TB)
FTP (1996)
50,000 sites
.05 TB
Usenet (1996-1998)
16 million postings
.592 TB
Find out how big 14 terabytes is
14+ TB

How to get free access to the collections
How we collect the sites

Sculpture containing a 1997 snapshot of the Web, now in the Library of Congress In the Library of Congress: What would a snapshot of the Web look like? Visitors passing through the lobby of the Library of Congress get the picture when they see this sculpture — a stack of computer screens and tapes housing a snapshot of the Web in early 1997 — by Alan Rath. The Internet Archive is proud to have part of its collections in the world’s model library.

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Find out
How to subscribe to Archivists, our discussion list on Internet libraries
About policies for using the collections and issues related to Internet libraries
How to remove your site from the collections
How to donate a collection to the Internet Archive

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