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FOLIO is an Integrated Library System offered by Open Library Foundation.

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FOLIO has been installed in 202 libraries, spanning 382 facilities or branches)

FOLIO implementations by Type of Library

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Distribution of FOLIO sites by Country

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System migration patterns for FOLIO

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Sales Statistics for FOLIO

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Sales and Installation Statistics for FOLIO
Product NameCompanyNameProduct TypeYearContractsLibrariesInstalled
FOLIO All VendorsIntegrated Library System2020181810

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FOLIO Satisfaction Ratings

[Data source: International Survey of Library Automation]

2021 FOLIO Responses by Sector
SatisfactionLevelILS136.23 15300001
ILSFunctionality135.92 15300001
PrintFunctionality136.69 15300001
ElectronicFunctionality137.08 15300001
SatisfactionCustomerSupport136.69 15300001
CompanyLoyalty136.69 15300001

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Documents or articles featuring FOLIO

Breeding, Marshall. FOLIO: Advancing from Vision to Software. January 2018. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The open source FOLIO project to create a new library services platform continues to see progress in its development timeline. Since the project was launched in late 2015, the project has crossed a number of significant milestones in its technical development, community-building, outreach, and in support structures. Project documentation posits the end of 2018 for the availability of its initial version able to replace a library's existing ILS. This three-year development effort from project launch to a minimally viable product can be seen as ambitious but reasonably consistent with the timelines of other products.

Breeding, Marshall. EBSCO Supports New Open Source Project in Partnership with Kuali OLE. May 2016. Smart Libraries Newsletter. A new initiative has launched to create an open source library services platform for academic libraries. EBSCO Information Services conceived the project and will provide substantial funding. A community of developers comprising commercial and library organizations will create the software. Kuali OLE, previously working to create its own open source library resource management system, will make a transition to participate in this new initiative rather than complete its own software. Many details of the new project, including the nature of Kuali OLE's involvement, are not yet finalized. The resources currently lining up behind this initiative provide the potential for the rapid development generally consistent with the plans for Kuali OLE. Participants characterize this new project as not as a setback, but as an acceleration of the availability of an open source library services platform for academic libraries.

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News Anouncements for FOLIO

FOLIO launches Poppy Release
February 29, 2024 - The FOLIO Open Source Community has launched the sixteenth named release as the platform continues to add features and functionality to the library services platform. The Poppy Release updates existing apps and features, including acquisitions, data import, and circulation, and welcomes the Lists app, an application for creating custom list(s) of records. The Poppy Release offers platform enhancements that provide librarians with a better user experience in the FOLIO platform.

The National Library of Sweden makes strategic decision to implement a new Library Service Platform
February 15, 2024 - The National Library of Sweden will implement two free and open library software solutions: the Library Service Platform FOLIO and discovery solution VuFind, both open-source software. FOLIO is an open platform used by libraries around the world. Its modular approach and modern architecture gives ample support for integration and the flexibility needed to manage workflows at the National Library of Sweden. VuFind is an established product with good functionality, providing adaptability and integration support. The National Library of Sweden will soon be tendering support, development and implementation services for these two systems. The new software is expected to support current and future needs at The National Library of Sweden, and additionally meet rapidly increasing expectation from both staff and end users on improved workflows, modern and adaptable interfaces, simple system administration and modernised metadata management. Implementation of the new system will take place in 2025.

Nyenrode Business University becomes first institution in the Netherlands to adopt FOLIO LSP
November 3, 2023 - Nyenrode Business University has become the first institution in the Netherlands to adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform using EBSCO FOLIO's hosting and service support from EBSCO Information Services. Nyenrode has leveraged EBSCO FOLIO's expert implementation consultants and library services engineers to establish the FOLIO LSP from the initial readiness assessment to go-live with continued support services post-implementation.

Revolutionizing the Library Experience
October 18, 2023 - FOLIO is an open source library services platform that serves as a modular, constantly evolving resource for libraries. Launched in 2016, FOLIO is designed to foster collaboration among developers and librarians, enabling apps to be built to deliver more choice and better services and features for end users. It's built for librarians by librarians and library service providers. EBSCO engaged EPAM early in its work on the FOLIO project. We were hired for our engineering capabilities to help develop FOLIO faster and better. With a proven track record in open source development, EPAM was a natural choice, and our role quickly grew to that of a supporting engineering partner.

New Zealand's University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha Library to adopt FOLIO LSP with hosting from EBSCO Information Services
October 11, 2023 - The University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha Library of New Zealand will begin the transition to adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) with hosting and service support from EBSCO Information Services. UC will join the more than 100 libraries and library systems that have gone live with EBSCO FOLIO and will become the second in Oceania to move to the open source LSP.

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