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Ex Libris

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1350 E Touhy Avenue Suite 200 E
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
United States
Toll free: 800-762-6300
Phone: 847-296-2200
Fax: 847-296-5636
Web site:

Board of Directors

  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Yair Amsterdam -- Chief Operating Officer


  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Oded Scharfstein -- Chief Financial Officer
  • Shlomo Sanders -- Chief Technology Officer
  • Sagit Halpern -- Chief Financial Officer, Ex Libris North America
  • Oren Beit-Arie -- Chief Strategy Officer
  • Bar Veinstein -- Corporate VP Resource Management Solutions
  • Anat Kuper -- Corporate Vice President, Global Support
  • Koby Rosenthal -- Corporate Vice President, General Manager for Europe
  • Ziv BenZvi -- Vice President for Asia Pacific
  • Uri Livnat -- Vice President, Cloud Services
  • Steven Savaglio -- Director of Support for Ex Libris North America

Company Ownership

Ex Libris is owned by Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, CA.

Library automation systems

Ex Libris offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Aleph 500 (1198 libraries, 1671 facilities in
    Public libraries: 426
    Academic libraries: 546
    School libraries: 24
    158 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (727 libraries, 1066 facilities in
    Public libraries: 2
    Academic libraries: 510
    School libraries: 3
    356 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 2737 library facilities included in use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 611 libraries, 829 facilities in

Corporate Chronology

Jan 9, 2015   37 members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance complete implementation of Ex Libris Alma and Primo.
Dec 19, 2014   Ex Libris reports 370 total institutions with signed contracts for Alma and 150 libraries in production.
Dec 18, 2014   Welsh Consortium chooses Ex Libris Alma and Primo for shared resource management environment.
Aug 3, 2014   LIBISnet Library Network in Belgium places Alma into production.
Apr 29, 2014   Ex Libris launches the Ex Libris Developer Network.
Jan 27, 2014   University of Minnesota places Ex Libris Alma into production.
Dec 31, 2013   Ex Libris reports 329 total contracts for Alma for Library Systems Report.
Dec 4, 2013   BIBSYS Consortium in Norway selects Ex Libris Alma.
Apr 18, 2013   BIBSYS Consortium Selects Primo.
Oct 16, 2012   Golden Gate Capital acquires Ex Libris from Leeds Equity Partners.
Oct 9, 2012   Orbis Cascade Alliance selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo.
Jul 2, 2012   Boston College becomes the first library to put Alma in production.
Jan 6, 2011   Ex Libris announces that its unified resource management system will be called Alma.
Dec 1, 2010   Ex Libris delivers the second partner release of Alma to development partners.
Feb 8, 2010   Ex Libris acquires Fujitsu Services A/S library division.
Jul 6, 2009   Ex Libris announces development initiative for Unified Resource Management -- later branded as Alma.
Aug 5, 2008   Leeds Equity Partners acquires Ex Libris Group.
Nov 21, 2006   Francisco Partners acquires Endeavor Information Systems from Elsevier.
Jun 26, 2006   Francisco Partners acquires Ex Libris for $62 million.
Mar 2006   Ex Libris announces Primo for the discovery and delivery of library resources.
Aug 2005   Azriel Morag retires from Ex Libris.
Jun 21, 2004   Ex Libris announces Verde electronic resource management system.
May 11, 2003   Matti Shem Tov appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ex Libris.
Jan 28, 2002   Ehud Arad steps down as President of Ex Libris.
Jul 8, 2000   Ex Libris introduces MetaLib federated search application.
Apr 7, 2000   Endeavor Information Systems acquired by Elsevier.
Feb 2000   Ex Libris acquires rights to SFX from University of Gent.
Feb 1999   Endeavor employees gain full ownership of Endeavor Information Systems.
1999   Walden Israel and Tamar Ventures invest in Ex Libris Group.
1999   Ex Libris enters United States library automation market.
Aug 29, 1997   Northwestern University Library selects Voyager to replace NOTIS.
Jul 1997   Ex Libris acquires Dabis, a German company offering the BIS library automation system.
1996   Company reorganized as Ex Libris group.
Dec 28, 1995   Voyager placed into production at Michigan Technological University.
1995   Yissum Aleph and Ex Libris, Ltd. merge into a single company.
Nov 14, 1994   Endeavor Information Systems founded.
May 21, 1988   The Library of Congress selects Voyager from Endeavor Information Systems.
1986   Ex Libris, Ltd. founded.
1983   Aleph Yissum founded to commercialize ALEPH.
1980   ALEPH software created at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides

The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of Ex Libris, or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2012). Crossing the Threshold: Boston College Places Alma into Production

On July 2, 2012, the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library of Boston College became the first to place Alma, the library services platform created by Ex Libris, into production use. The library migrated from an Aleph system in place since 2000. Boston College had been working with Ex Libris since mid-2009 as a development partner, testing each incremental release of the software, and providing constructive feedback. The library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, with a staff numbering around 120, and a collection of 3.5 million volumes.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2012). Ex Libris: Alma, Aleph, and Primo

Ex Libris has made progress across multiple products. There have been developments with Alma, its new unified resource management platform, Aleph, one of its integrated library systems, and with its Primo discovery product.

(January 6, 2011). Ex Libris announces the cloud-based Alma Library Management Service

Ex Libris announced that the company’s next-generation library management solution has been named Ex Libris Alma. Harnessing the Unified Resource Management (URM) framework, Alma supports the entire range of library operations—selection, acquisition, metadata management, digitization, and fulfillment—for all library materials, regardless of their format or location. The Ex Libris Alma solution accelerates libraries' move toward next-generation services by consolidating, optimizing, and extending library workflows. Alma consolidates the disparate systems used by today’s libraries to manage print, electronic, and digital resources. Alma’s cloud infrastructure helps libraries improve their operational efficiency through data sharing and collaboration. As a result, libraries can focus their resources on extending services within and outside the institution and on supporting the institution’s teaching and research missions. The general release of the Alma solution is scheduled for early 2012.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (January 2011). Ex Libris Marks Progress in Developing URM

Ex Libris continues to make progress on the development of its next-generation library management platform called Unified Resource Management, or URM. This product, which was developed as the company's long-term strategic library automation platform, continues in the research and development stage, with expected release at the beginning of 2012. Although the product is still some time away from general availability, it has progressed from the proof-of-concept prototypes to a functional model. Though preliminary, some versions have been made available to development partner libraries for testing and assessment

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2008). Ex Libris Sets Strategic Course on Open Systems

Ex Libris specializes in automation products, primarily aimed at academic and research libraries, and has a large base of customer libraries throughout the world. In June 2008, Ex Libris announced that it had launched what it calls an "open-platform program" formalizing and expanding its commitment to deliver its products and services in a more transparent approach.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (January 2007). Consolidation continues: Endeavor acquired by Francisco Partners

Following its July 2006 acquisition of Ex Libris, private-equity firm Francisco Partners announced a definitive agreement late last fall to acquire 100 percent of Endeavor Information Systems from Elsevier. This acquisition represents a major step toward consolidation in the academic library-automation industry. As a result, this combined company stands as the largest provider focused solely on providing systems and services to academic libraries.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (December 2006). Francisco Partners completes Ex Libris buy

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2006). OPAC sustenance: Ex Libris to serve up Primo

Marshall Breeding provides a description of Primo, a new information discovery and delivery tool from Ex Libris.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (November 2005). Ex Libris withdraws from IPO

In a move to gain additional funding for its business strategies, Ex Libris recently embarked on an initial public offering of stock to raise capital. But late in the process, the company’s board of directors withdrew from the IPO; the aborted effort follows another significant company event--the retirement of Azriel Morag, company founder and longtime chairman of the board.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (April 2005). Ex Libris reorganizes its U.S. operations

Library Systems Newsletter (July 1997). Ex Libris purchases Dabis

Ex Libris Lts., the Israeli company which sells the Aleph 500 automated library systems and supports several earlier generations of that system, has purchased DABIS of Germany and DABIS of Austria, a former leading vendor of automated library systems in the German speaking countries. DABIS had gone into receivership, primarily because of failure to sell new systems. ExL GmbH, a new Ex Libris subsidiary, will service the 300 DABIS accounts and will seek to migrate them to its product. It has hired 26 former DABIS staffers and will maintain offices in Hamburg, Berlin, and Cologne.

Ex Libris News

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All 866 Press Releases from Ex Libris

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September 17, 2015. Ex Libris Partners with D2L to improve the teaching and learning experience in higher education. Ex Libris announced that it will be collaborating with D2L (formerly Desire2Learn) as a member of the D2L Brightspace Partner Network. This partnership will enable institutions that use the new Ex Libris Leganto reading-list solution and the Brightspace™ learning management platform to benefit from a tighter integration of the two products. <<more>>

September 17, 2015. Ex Libris Partners with D2L to improve the teaching and learning experience in higher education. Ex Libris announced that it will be collaborating with D2L (formerly Desire2Learn) as a member of the D2L Brightspace Partner Network. This partnership will enable institutions that use the new Ex Libris Leganto reading-list solution and the Brightspace learning management platform to benefit from a tighter integration of the two products. <<more>>

September 15, 2015. Oklahoma State University chooses Ex Libris Rosetta for digital preservation. Ex Libris announced that Oklahoma State University has adopted the Rosetta digital-asset management and preservation solution. Deployed at academic institutions, libraries, archives and other memory institutions around the world, Rosetta encompasses the entire workflow for managing and preserving digital assets, including their validation, ingest, storage, preservation and delivery. The Rosetta solution handles institutional documents, research output in digital formats, digital images, websites and other digitally-born and digitized materials. <<more>>

September 1, 2015. El Colegio de México anuncia su nuevo catálogo a partir de la integración de ALEPH y PRIMO. Grupo Sistemas Lógicos, líder nacional en la provisión de soluciones en la nube para bibliotecas, se complace en anunciar que la Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas de El Colegio de México, ha liberado al público su nuevo catálogo por medio del sistema de descubrimiento Primo de Ex Libris. <<more>>

August 31, 2015. Curtin University joins Ex Libris Leganto early-adopter program. Ex Libris announced that Curtin University in Australia has joined the early-adopter program for the Leganto reading-list solution. <<more>>

August 25, 2015. Singapore Management University goes live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that Singapore Management University has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo will replace the Innovative Millennium integrated library system and EBSCO Discovery Service. <<more>>

August 17, 2015. La Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez selecciona Alma de Ex Libris. Sistemas Lógicos Chile, empresa líder de automatización de bibliotecas en el Cono Sur, tiene el agrado de anunciar la reciente contratación del sistema de futura generación Alma de Ex Libris por la Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez de Chile. <<more>>

August 4, 2015. The Minnesota Bridge Consortium adopts Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the Minnesota-based Bridge Consortium, consisting of St. Olaf College and Carleton College, has selected Ex Libris Alma® for resource management and Ex Libris Primo for resource discovery and delivery. The Bridge Consortium is migrating from an Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library system. <<more>>

July 22, 2015. Universidad de Leiden se convierte en la institución número 500 en seleccionar Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris Group anunció que la Universidad de Leiden ha seleccionado el servicio de gestión de recursos unificado Ex Libris Alma. La elección de la Universidad se basa en el enfoque integral de Alma, que ayudará a mejorar los servicios de la biblioteca, así como la automatización y racionalización de las operaciones para todos recursos y flujos de trabajo. <<more>>

July 13, 2015. University System of Georgia selects Ex Libris Alma as the system's next-generation library management solution. Ex Libris announced that the University System of Georgia -- with its 31 member institutions -- has selected the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution to create a new shared library system. <<more>>