Frankfurt, Germany – Oct. 13, 2015 – There is perhaps no better place than the world's largest book fair for the Bibliotheca Group to continue to outline its vision and commitment to libraries after the recent acquisition of 3M Library Systems. The acquisition brings together the existing eBook platforms of Bibliotheca and 3M in the form of opus and Cloud Library respectively, exhibiting at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 14-18.
Important for existing customers and new prospects alike is that the Cloud Library will now become the primary digital product from Bibliotheca. The unique features of the opus platform (previously only available in the UK) will be incorporated into the Cloud Library product to create an all-encompassing digital experience for library users. The vision for Cloud Library is to create a fully integrated patron experience combining innovative mobile apps, unique touch points inside the library, and deep integrations with third parties to ensure patrons are fully engaged with all of the services their library offers.
"We are delighted to announce today that Cloud Library will become the focus of our digital strategy moving forward. Bibliotheca has invested heavily in the opus platform over the last 18 months, but Cloud Library is the right choice for our customers moving forward," said Andy Chadbourne, president of Global Marketing. "The unique features that we had built into opus will now be ported directly into the Cloud Library, allowing us to focus on a single digital product line to provide powerful, meaningful integrations between self-service kiosks and digital content – ultimately creating a seamless and enriched patron experience."
"Although it's only a few days following the acquisition announcement, we're excited to show our customers our commitment to continuing with the development of the Cloud Library," said Matt Tempelis, who joins Bibliotheca in an executive leadership role and previously served as 3M Library Systems business leader. "Cloud Library remains the platform that will uniquely connect with patrons at home, at the library and on the go."
Representatives from Bibliotheca will be at the fair to talk further with any interested parties or customers at the 3M booth in Hall 6.0, booth C27.
Bibliotheca is dedicated to the development, deployment and support of library technology solutions, designed to improve operational efficiency and enhance customer service. We focus on public, private and academic library markets, with a reach that extends across the globe, with direct operational offices in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America, together with over 70 dedicated distributors. We are proud to work with over 30,000 unique library sites with a deployed equipment range in excess of 10,000 individual self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 automated materials handling (sorter) systems.
In 2015, the shareholders of Bibliotheca (One Equity Partners) agreed to the purchase of 3M's former Library business, with the intention to create a single library-focused business dedicated to the delivery and support of EM/RFID security, automated materials handling, self-service, productivity and digital/cloud (patron-facing) solutions.