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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
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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 (1201 libraries, 1676 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 437
    Academic libraries: 542
    School libraries: 24
    136 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (824 libraries, 1179 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 2
    Academic libraries: 597
    School libraries: 3
    266 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 2855 library facilities included in lib-web-cats use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 629 libraries, 821 facilities in lib-web-cats)

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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January 22, 2015. Orbis Cascade Alliance and Ex Libris Complete Implementation of a Shared Resource Management and Discovery System. The Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 North American academic institutions known for innovative collaboration, and Ex Libris announce completion of a two-year effort to migrate Alliance members to a shared, next-generation library management and discovery solution. Alliance member libraries have migrated from 37 locally hosted systems comprised of four discovery and three ILS platforms to shared use of the cloud-based Alma unified resource management solution and Primo discovery solution. Working in partnership, the Alliance and Ex Libris each played critical roles in managing the complex migration of four cohorts comprised of 6-11 libraries, each cohort migrating over a six-month period. Beyond migration, the Alliance and Ex Libris worked in partnership to create a new resource sharing solution and to develop consortial functionality that will allow Alliance member libraries to build on their 20-year history of shared work. <<more>>

January 20, 2015. University of Haifa selects Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the University of Haifa’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library is the first early adopter in Israel of the Alma library management solution. Haifa University will be replacing the Aleph integrated library system. Alma will be integrated with the University Library’s Primo discovery and delivery solution—for which the library developed a Hebrew interface in cooperation with Ex Libris. <<more>>

January 8, 2015. Il Consorzio del Galles sceglie le soluzioni Ex Libris per la gestione condivisa della biblioteca e il discovery. Ex Libris è lieto di annunciare che il WHELF - consorzio che comprende tutte le Biblioteche Universitarie gallesi, oltre alla Biblioteca Nazionale del Galles e alle Biblioteche dell’SSN Gallese - ha selezionato il servizio di gestione unificata delle risorse Alma e la soluzione di discovery e delivery Primo® per fornire un nuovo sistema bibliotecario bilingue condiviso in Galles. <<more>>

January 6, 2015. Walisischer Verbund entscheidet sich für Shared-Library-Management- und Discovery-Lösungen von Ex Libris. Die Ex Libris, der weltweit führende Anbieter von Softwarelösungen für Bibliotheken, freut sich, bekanntzugeben, dass sich WHELF – ein Verbund aller walisischen Universitätsbibliotheken sowie der Nationalbibliothek Wales und der walisischen NHS-Bibliotheken – für den Unified Resource Management-Service Ex Libris Alma und die Discovery- und Delivery-Lösung Ex Libris Primo® entschieden hat, um ein neues, bilinguales und gemeinsam genutztes Bibliothekssystem für Wales umzusetzen. <<more>>

December 23, 2014. El consorcio galés de bibliotecas implanta las herramientas de Ex Libris. Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum ha decidido implantar Alma como herramienta de gestión unificada de recursos y Primo como solución de discovery, pasando de una amplia variedad de herramientas en los diferentes centros a un único proveedor y sistema de nueva generación basado en la nube, que va a permitir gestionar un entorno compartido y bilingüe para todo Gales. <<more>>

December 18, 2014. Welsh Consortium Chooses Ex Libris Solutions for Shared Library Management and Discovery. Ex Libris announced that WHELF, a consortium of all the Welsh University Libraries, as well as the National Library of Wales and the Welsh NHS Libraries, has selected the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to deliver a new bilingual shared library system for Wales. <<more>>

December 17, 2014. La Open University de Reino Unido implanta Alma y Primo. La Open University de Reino Unido ha decidido implantar el gestor de recursos Alma juntamente con la herramienta de discovery Primo con el fin de contar con un potente sistema unificado. Además, la universidad también ha añadido al conjunto la herramienta bX® Recommender, un servicio que muestra recomendaciones de artículos basadas en los datos de uso de millones de usuarios de todo el mundo. La integración de los productos para la gestión de los recursos de la biblioteca les va a permitir cumplir su compromiso de satisfacer las necesidades de sus usuarios ahora y en el futuro. <<more>>

December 16, 2014. East Tennessee State University Selects Ex Libris Alma, Primo and bX Recommender. Ex Libris announced that Sherrod Library at East Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College have together selected a suite of Ex Libris solutions, comprised of the Alma resource management solution, the Primo discovery and delivery solution, and the bX article recommender service. ETSU is replacing a number of legacy systems including Innovative Interfaces Sierra. <<more>>

December 7, 2014. The Open University in the UK selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that The Open University in the UK has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution to provide unified resource management and discovery. The Open University also selected the bX Recommender, a user-facing service that presents article recommendations based on the usage data of millions of users around the world. This suite of integrated products will support the library’s commitment to ensuring that its technology framework meets the needs of users both now and in the future. <<more>>

December 7, 2014. La Universidad Abierta del Reino Unido selecciona Alma y Primo de Ex Libris. Ex Libris se complace en anunciar que la Open University (OU) del Reino Unido ha seleccionado el servicio unificado de gestión de bibliotecas Ex Libris Alma® y la solución de entrega y descubrimiento Primo. La Universidad Abierta también seleccionó bX®, un servicio que ofrece recomendaciones de artículos académicos basado en los datos de uso de millones de usuarios en todo el mundo. Esta suite de productos integrados apoyará el compromiso de la biblioteca para asegurar que su marco tecnológico cumpla con las necesidades de sus usuarios, tanto ahora como en el futuro. <<more>>