The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.
The Internet Archive began in 1996 by archiving the Internet itself, a medium that was just beginning to grow in use. Like newspapers, the content published on the web was ephemeral - but unlike newspapers, no one was saving it. Today there is 20+ years of web history accessible through the Wayback Machine.
The Internet Archive works with over 625 libraries and other partners through their Archive-It program to identify important web pages.
As the web archive grew, so did their commitment to providing digital versions of other published works. Today the Internet Archive contains:
- 330 billion web pages
- 20 million books and texts
- 4.5 million audio recordings (including 180,000 live concerts)
- 4 million videos (including 1.6 million Television News programs)
- 3 million images
- 200,000 software programs
"Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge."
- Internet Archive