Ibim is a biblical name derived from verse 6:11 in the Song of Solomon; "I went down to the nut orchard to look at the blossoms of the valley'"
Originally a farm, in 1953 the center for Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council was established on the site. In 1992 a student village with the same name was established in order to provide dwellings for immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union who were studying at the nearby Sapir Academic College.
- "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
- Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.221, ISBN 965-220-186-3
- Place Names in Israel. A Compendium of Place Names in Israel compiled from various sources. Translated from Hebrew, Jerusalem 1962 (Israel Prime Minister’s Office. The Israeli Program for Scientific Translations) p.7