London, UK—September 23, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that The London Library—a literary library active for over 170 years—has selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution and SFX OpenURL link resolver. These solutions will play a central role in enabling the Library to meet its strategic aims of improving support for research and making its collections more visible to members and prospective members.
With the adoption of Primo and SFX, The London Library will be able to provide a user-facing catalog of books from its extensive collections, as well as content from diverse online databases and e-journals. Users will enjoy easy access to library services, such as requests and loans, directly from the search interface. The Library has been running the Aleph integrated library system (ILS) for over 10 years and is keen to continue collaborating with Ex Libris.
Inez Lynn, Librarian and Chief Executive of The London Library, commented: "The Library aims to make its collections, services, and facilities available to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of readers, many of whom have no other access to collections with the depth and reach of those found in universities or specialist institutes. Primo and SFX will open up a whole new world of discovery for readers in search of knowledge or inspiration, contributing not only to enhanced research, whether professional or amateur, but also to the creativity of the many writers and artists among our membership. We are grateful for the generous donation that has enabled us to take this step, and we look forward to working with Ex Libris on this exciting project."
Ex Libris Regional Sales Director Christoph Frech remarked: "We are delighted that such a historic library will soon be offering its users a cutting-edge discovery interface. The London Library's choice of Primo and SFX clearly demonstrates how crucial a user-friendly discovery solution is to the success of all research libraries, as well as to academic libraries."
About The London Library
Founded in 1841 by Thomas Carlyle, The London Library, located in St. James's Square in London, is one of the world's largest independent lending libraries and has over 7,000 members. It houses a rich, humanities-based collection of over one million books on 2,000 subjects and in over 50 languages, from the 16th century to the present day. Members can browse through the collection on 15 miles of open, accessible shelves. The London Library is a registered charity and is entirely self-funded, raising income through membership fees, donations, bequests, and fundraising initiatives. For more information, visit www.londonlibrary.co.uk or contact The London Library's Communications team on +44 (0)20 7766 4765.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 90 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.