Huntsville, Alabama — January 24, 2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, and Barnes & Noble.com (NASDAQ: BNBN) (www.bn.com) have teamed up to provide libraries a service that allows their patrons to purchase books online while at the library. Sirsi customer libraries -those who have implemented the new Sirsi Rooms Context Management Solution and the iBistro, iLink and Web 2 user interface systems that include Barnes & Noble.com -- will receive a percentage of the purchase price for all materials bought through the Sirsi-Barnes & Noble.com partnership links.
"Sirsi will give participating libraries a check each year - the amount is based on the number of books that a given library's users purchased through the library system from Barnes & Noble.com. We are committed to helping libraries serve their communities. This is one way to give back to our customers," said Sirsi CEO Patrick C. Sommers. "We are excited to partner with a company like Barnes & Noble.com to provide Sirsi libraries with more tools to serve their user communities and an opportunity to increase the libraries' funding base."
"We are delighted to work with Sirsi on this program which is a natural extension of Barnes & Noble's commitment to serving communities across the country through our bookstores and online. Library patrons will have an opportunity to experience the many benefits of shopping at bn.com right from their local libraries," said MarieToulantis, CEO of Barnes & Noble.com. "Our over one million in-stock titles, and our vast selection of audio books, music, and DVDS, will be available to the library patrons along with discounts of up to 40% off list prices and free shipping with two or more items."
About Barnes & Noble.com
Barnes & Noble.com is a leading online retailer of books, music and DVD/video. Since opening its online store (www.bn.com) in March 1997, Barnes & Noble.com has attracted more than 12 million customers in 228 countries. Barnes & Noble.com's online bookstore includes the largest in-stock selection of in-print book titles with access to over 1 million titles for immediate delivery, supplemented by more than 20 million listings from its nationwide network of out-of-print, rare and used book dealers. Barnes & Noble.com offers its customers fast delivery, easy and secure ordering and rich editorial content.
Sirsi (www.sirsi.com) recognizes that today's librarians are on a mission to break down walls - barriers that limit the knowledge and resources accessible to library users. A partner with leading libraries around the globe since 1979, Sirsi provides software and services that assist libraries in breaking down walls, thereby promoting learning, empowerment, and opportunity for diverse user communities. Sirsi's portfolio of products and services includes the iBistro and iLink e-Library solutions, the Unicorn Library Management System, the Hyperion Digital Media Archive, and a full slate of services.