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Congratulations on your decision to become an ibiblio.org contributor!

We welcome all collections that meet the criteria, and we look forward to seeing if your unique collection can be a future addition to the ibiblio.org catalog.

Please read the information below to learn more about the next steps you need to take to formalize your ibiblio.org collection:

  1. Read the collection criteria to see if your interest will be served by working with us
  2. Check out the services we offer to see if we have what you need.
  3. Hint: very few, if any, proprietary services will be provided, but many open source solutions are, can, or will be offered on request.
  4. Paste a note in the form here telling us:
  • What your project will be
  • What services you might wish to use
  • How to contact you by phone (to work out details and passwords)
  • Anything else you think might be helpful

How to contribute a collection to ibiblio.org
ibiblio.org collection criteria
Read and heed
ibiblio.org contributor terms of use
FAQ for Contributors

How to contribute a collection to ibiblio.org

  1. First, read the collection criteria below.
  2. If your collection seems to meet the criteria, compose a proposal for your collection with answers to each of the collection criteria questions and paste it into the help form here. If your collection does not meet one of the criteria, don’t worry. Not all collections meet ALL criteria. If you have questions about whether or not your collection meets a criterion, just explain how you think it might, or ask for clarification on it. Also, let us know what you would need from us to do what you want to do.
  3. ibiblio staff will assess the the goodness-of-fit between your collection and ibiblio.org as a whole. We may contact you with further questions.
  4. A decision will be made and you will be notified. If we accept your collection, you will be sent further information and instructions.


ibiblio.org collection criteria

The materials available on ibiblio.org represent a diverse community of information providers who obtain space on ibiblio.org only after meeting the following criteria:

  • Do the materials further the teaching, research, or public service mission of The University of North Carolina (UNC)?
  • Does the collection use technology in innovative and unique ways? Every collection need not be innovative, but it should use up-to-date technology.
  • Does the collection add value to other ibiblio.org collections? Does it complement or contradict other
    collections of music, agriculture, politics, religion, software, etc? An answer of NO to this question should not necessarily disqualify a collection; we may want to begin a new collection area.
  • Is all of the material copyright clear and otherwise
    legal? Exceptions for “fair use” may apply.
  • Can and will the keepers of the collection operate in a self-sufficient manner or provide requisite support funding? Exceptions can be made for especially important collections.
  • If the collection utilizes third-party software, does the collection maintainer guarantee that the software will be kept up-to-date in a timely fashion, and does the collection maintainer guarantee to remove unused third-party software? See Third Party Software Addendum below for more information.
  • Is the collection non-commercial or operated by a not-for-profit organization or individual?
  • Are the materials of state, national, or international interest? Individual pages are permitted for those who are contributing to other broader collections, but parochial materials should be kept on the campus web server.
  • The materials are collection-oriented, and not personal in nature. Personal, vanity, or portfolio sites are prohibited unless approved otherwise. See Vanity Site Addendum below for more information.


Read and Heed

ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE ibiblio.org INTERNET SERVER IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS: All software, documentation, research data, and other materials (Materials) submitted for installation on the ibiblio.org Internet Server will be deemed in the public domain, except for any express restrictions included in such Materials by the submitting party. UNC is not responsible for providing notice of or enforcing any such restrictions. All parties submitting Materials to the ibiblio.org Internet Server represent and warrant to UNC that the submission, installation, copying, distribution, and use of such Materials in connection with the ibiblio.org Internet Server will not violate any other party’s proprietary rights. UNC is not responsible for any errors created in or damage to the Materials as a result of their installation or maintenance on the Internet Server, or their use by anyone accessing the Internet Server.

The ibiblio.org Internet Server and all Materials maintained on the Server are provided “as is” with no warranties of any kind.

UNC DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS WARRANTIES INCLUDED IN ANY MATERIALS, AND FURTHER DISCLAIMS ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS.

Materials may not be used for any purpose requiring fail-safe performance, or as to which defects in or failure of Materials could cause death, personal injury, or property or environmental damage (High Risk Activities).

UNC DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO HIGH RISK ACTIVITIES. UNC SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, ARISING FROM THE SUBMISSION, INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE, TRANSMISSION, COPYING, MODIFICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR ANY USE OF ANY MATERIALS.

USE OF IBIBLIO.ORG SERVICES INDICATES AGREEMENT TO ALL TERMS OF THE COLLECTION CRITERIA AND READ AND HEED, INCLUDING ADDENDA. THESE TERMS ARE SUBJECT TO INFREQUENT CHANGE.


ibiblio.org contributor terms of use

  • Third Party Software: Out-of-Version Third-Party software may be locked down or removed at the discretion of ibiblio administrators. ibiblio.org contributors agree to upgrade third-party software in a timely fashion when serious security problems become known in older versions.
  • Vanity Site Addendum: Personal, Vanity or Portfolio sites are discouraged on ibiblio.org. Exceptions will be made for: (1) Collection maintainers may keep a 10 MB directory for personal information, as part of a collection. (2) Ibiblio staffers, and ex-staffers may keep personal, vanity, or portfolio websites.
  • Leeching: The use of the ibiblio.org servers as mere file repositories for websites hosted elsewhere on the Internet is strongly discouraged. Our longevity and success depends on the hosting and support of web collections which further the teaching and research missions of the University. We simply cannot serve as a source of unlimited free bandwidth for sites that choose their hosting elsewhere.