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The Internet Public Library (IPL, ipl2) is a non-profit, largely student-run website at Drexel University. Visitors can ask a reference question, and volunteer librarians and graduate students in library and information science form collections and answer questions. The IPL opened on March 17, 1995.

The digital collections on the site were divided into five broad categories, and include Resources by Subject, Newspapers & Magazines, Special Collections Created By the IPL2, and Special Collections for Kids and Teens. As of March 2011 it had about 40, 000 searchable resources.


The IPL originated at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Michigan SI students almost exclusively generated its content. They also managed the Ask a Question reference service. In 2006 the University of Michigan opened up management of the IPL to other information science and library schools. They stopped hosting the IPL and moved the servers and staff positions to Drexel University, and by January 2007 the "IPL Consortium" was a group of 15 colleges, still including the University of Michigan, that ran the IPL. Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics hosted the site. With a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Drexel also used the site as a "'technological training center' for digital librarians."

IPL2, the new face of the Internet Public Library, resulted from a merger with the Librarians' Internet Index, previously managed by the Califa Library group. This project involved moving IPL2 to a new Drexel-provided website.

According to Dr. Joseph Janes, IPL2 would no longer be supported as of the end of 2014. The last IPL monthly newsletter was February 2014.

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