The Internet Archive was founded to with the aim to build an Internet library, a non-profit one. The purpose is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in their collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and persons with disabilities.
The Internet Archive was founded in the year 1996. It is located in San Francisco. The Archive has been receiving data donations from players like Alexa Internet and others. By the end of 1999, the organization started to include more collections.
According to team Internet Archive, “Libraries exist to preserve society’s cultural artifacts and to provide access to them. If libraries are to continue to foster education and scholarship in this era of digital technology, it’s essential for them to extend those functions into the digital world.”
Now the Internet Archive contains around 13,46,992 movies in the video section, 1,18,746 concerts in the Live music, 16,74,828 recordings in Audio, 47,21,111 texts in Texts section and contains more than 352 billion pages in their web archives.
The welcome page shows Announcements, wayback machine, welcome note, video/audio/live concert/text sections along with the latest posts posted in its forum. The archive has got institutional support from key people like Alexa Internet, HP, The Kahle/Austin Foundation, etc and also from Individual contributors.
The video shown in the welcome page is called the “curator’s choice”, which changes each day. The archived videos are categorized into many sections such as Animations & Cartoons, Arts & Music, Community videos etc. It also has two more sections to show videos that included in the “recently reviewed” and “just in” categories.
The Live concert section contains “recently reviewed”, “just in” and the live concert forum where the fans discuss about their favorites.
The audio section has sub collections such as Audio books & poetry, Community Audio, Live Music archive etc and it also contains “recently reviewed”, “just in” and the audio forum for the fan following.
The eBooks and texts archive also has sub collections such as American Libraries, Canadian Libraries, Universal Library, Community Texts, Project Gutenberg etc. It also has the “recently reviewed” and “just in” sections.
Most of the eBooks, Texts, Audios, Concert Audios and Videos are free for download. Some of them are not for download, but can be used online [read, listen or watch] for free.