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Founded 1809; 208 years ago (1809)
Founder Henry Rutgers and William Colgate
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Colorado Springs, Colorado
Publication types Books
Official website

Biblica, formerly The International Bible Society, was founded in 1809 and is the worldwide publisher and copyright holder of the New International Version of the Bible (NIV), licensing commercial rights to Zondervan in the United States and to Hodder & Stoughton in the UK. Biblica is also a member of the Forum of Bible Agencies International.


Biblica headquarters in Colorado Springs.

Biblica was founded December 4, 1809, in New York City as the New York Bible Society by a small group including Henry Rutgers, William Colgate and Theodorus Van Wyke.[1]

Biblica experienced its first merger in 1819 when it merged with the New York Auxiliary Bible Society. Since then it has undergone the following changes:

  • NYBS formed Young Men’s NYBS (YMNYBS) in 1823.
  • NYBS broke up into Ward Associations in 1827.
  • Ward Associations reformed into New York City Bible Society (NYCBS) in 1828.
  • NYCBS merged back into the Young Men’s NYBS in 1832.
  • Marine Bible Society merged with YMNYBS in 1840. All became known as NYBS.
  • Name changed to New York Bible Society International in 1971.
  • Name changed to New York International Bible Society in 1974.
  • Name shortened to International Bible Society (IBS) in 1988.
  • Living Bibles merger occurred in 1992.
  • STL merger occurred March 1, 2007. Name changed to IBS-STL.
  • Name changed to Biblica in July, 2009.

The organization moved to Colorado Springs from New Jersey in 1988 and moved into its current facility in 1989.

Biblica’s international ministry began in 1810 with its sponsorship of William Carey’s Bible translation work in India. The worldwide work expanded in 1992 following the merger with Living Bibles International, through which Biblica developed its global translation ministry. The reach of Biblica around the world again expanded through its merger with Send the Light in 2007.

Biblica has provided more than 650 million Scripture pieces around the world in its 200-year history. In addition, Biblica’s Scripture online provides access to Bible texts in 26 languages to more than 85 million people per month.

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  1. ^ "History of Biblica, International Bible Society since 1809". Archived from the original on 2010-10-30. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 

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