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403 Hayward Avenue North
Oakdale, Minnesota 55128
United States
Phone: 678-336-7980
Web: https://www.bibliotheca.com
Email: info-us@bibliotheca.com

Executive Leadership

photo of Joseph  Grillo
Joseph Grillo
Chief Executive Officer
photo of Craig Holmes
Craig Holmes
Chief Financial Officer
photo of Jim Hopwood
Jim Hopwood
Managing Director, EMEA
photo of Matthew Bellamy
Matthew Bellamy
President Americas and Chief Commercial Officer
photo of Susan Pastore
Susan Pastore
Senior Vice President, North American Sales
photo of Alejandro Neito
Alejandro Neito
Vice President, LATAM
photo of John W. Lehman
John W. Lehman
President, North American Operations
photo of Georgette Kinney
Georgette Kinney
Vice President, Corporate Marketing

Company Ownership

The Bibliotheca Group is financially backed by One Equity Partners, a division of JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions for bibliotheca

Personnel employed

[Data source: statistics supplied for the annual Library Systems Report or from public information]

CompanyYearDevelopmentSupportSalesAdminOtherTotal
Bibliotheca 2021360

Documents or articles featuring bibliotheca

Breeding, Marshall. Bibliotheca Launches biblio+. December 2021. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Bibliotheca has launched a new streaming entertainment service for libraries under the brand biblio+. This service addresses the complications and complexities associated with many of the existing library-oriented video services. Libraries pay an “unlimited access fee” for unlimited access to a wide selection of content. This fee is not tied to the volume of use by their patrons either in terms of simultaneous use of a title or the total number of titles viewed.

Breeding, Marshall. New Ownership for Baker & Taylor. December 2021. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Baker & Taylor, a major distributor of print and ebooks to libraries has changed ownership. The company has separated from Follett Corporation and has been acquired by a group of private investors led by President and Chief Executive Officer Amandeep Kochar. The composition of the investment group has not been publicly disclosed.

Breeding, Marshall. Bibliotheca Makes Organizational Changes. November 2018. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Bibliotheca, a large consolidated company offering self-service, material handling, and e-book technologies to libraries, announced organizational changes to its North American operations. Matthew Bellamy, who came to the company when it acquired 3M Library Systems, was recently named as President for the Americas. He will lead the company's operations in the United States, Canada, and Brazil as well as coordinate with its business partners throughout Latin America. Bellamy was previously the Chief Commercial Officer for bibliotheca's global organization. Tom Henke has joined bibliotheca as Vice President of Sales for North America and Partners America. Prior to this role, Henke served as Vice President of Sales and General Manager for Blackboard. Gary Gillem has joined bibliotheca as Inside Sales Manager.

Breeding, Marshall. Consolidation in the RFID and Self-service: Bibliotheca Acquires 3M Library Systems. December 2015. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Bibliotheca, a company specializing in self-service, sorting, and other productivity products for libraries, has continued its global expansion through the merger of 3M Library Systems into its organization. This move brings together the two largest competitors in this sector. Prior to this merger, Bibliotheca and 3M Library Systems dominated the market, competing head-tohead in many international regions. Now a single, much larger entity operates globally, with competition provided through mid-sized and smaller companies in each market.

Breeding, Marshall. New Management at Bibliotheca. October 2012. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Bibliotheca, the consolidated global company specializing in RFID products for libraries, announced a change in executive management of its North American operations. Shai Robkin will step down as President, and Al Coalla, formerly North American Sales Director will step into this position on October 1, 2012. Coalla joined Biblioteca in November 2011 and previously served as Director of Sales at EnvisionWare.

Breeding, Marshall. Bibliotheca enters E-Book arena. July 2012. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Bibliotheca, the globally consolidated company built around RFID technologies, has expanded its business interests to include a new set of products based on e-books. The company has not yet provided detailed information regarding the components of its planned product and service offerings related to the management and lending of e-books, though it has outlined its general strategy.

. Bibliotheca unveil single global brand for 2012. March 5, 2012. . Bibliotheca, one of the leading global providers of RFID-based solutions to public, private and academic libraries, has launched its new global brand, allowing the Group to unite its entities under one central identity. The rebranding follows the merger of Bibliotheca (Switzerland), Intellident (UK) and Integrated Technology Group, ITG (North America) in June 2011, which created one of the largest RFID library specialists in the world. This position was further enhanced in January 2012, with the acquisition of Trion Library Systems, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Automated Materials Handling (AMH) solutions designed specifically for libraries.

Breeding, Marshall. Bibliotheca Acquires Trion AG. March 2012. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The consolidation of the library RFID industry and the growth of Bibliotheca continues with the February 2012 announcement of its acquisition of Trion AG. Trion ranks as a major manufacturer of automated materials handling equipment for libraries.

. How is the merger between Bibliotheca and ITG different from other consolidations that the library technology market has seen?. May 7, 2011. . his is a merger of equals.Neither of the two staffs is disappearing; the sales, support and development personnel of both Bibliotheca and ITG remain in place. The management team of Bibliotheca ITG is comprised of members from both Bibliotheca’s North American operation and ITG. While one of the objectives of any merger is to reduce costs, at Bibliotheca ITG, this is to be achieved by leveraging purchasing power and by eliminating redundancies in marketing, administration and finance.

Breeding, Marshall. Global Consolidation: Three firms Join to gain Global RFID Synergies. July 2011. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Over the course of the last few months, a series of business transactions have consolidated a group of companies in different international regions into a single corporate structure focused on providing RFID and related products. Each of these companies brings a different set of assets and strengths to a broader organization to constitute a new company with a worldwide impact on the library RFID industry. The transactions span Europe and North America, and involve a variety of incumbent companies including Bibliotheca RFID Systems (based in Switzerland), Integrated Technology Group (North America), and Intellident (United Kingdom and France). The business transactions result in three operational companies in different geographical regions that comprise a new virtual company bound together under unified ownership and executive management. The transactions bring all of the companies under a single global holding company called Library Solutions BV, incorporated in The Netherlands. Library Solutions BV is majority owned by One Equity Partners , a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co, (http://www. oneequity.com/) a major firm with over $8 billion in investments. Other minority shareholders include Shai Robkin, who also owns Vernon Library Supplies.

Breeding, Marshall. Checkpoint Systems and 3M Library Systems Converge on RFID. December 2007. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Two of the top competitors in the library-focused RFID and library security products arena, 3M Library Systems and Checkpoint Systems, have consolidated their efforts to produce and market products to libraries. The arrangement, announced October 29, 2007, results in melding the 3M Library Systems marketing channels with products from Checkpoint Systems. Effective the beginning of 2008, 3M Library Systems will serve as the exclusive worldwide distributor and service provider for Checkpoint’s family of products oriented toward libraries.

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News Announcements

June 17, 2024. Bibliotheca to showcase two new solutions at ALA 2024. Bibliotheca showcases innovative library solutions at this year's American Library Association Annual Conference in San Diego, June 27 – July 2, 2024. Visitors to Booth #1143 will be among the first to see the all-new Tote Management solution, the recently launched selfCheck 3000, and QR code patron payment technology.


March 29, 2024. Bibliotheca to launch latest generation self-service kiosk at PLA 2024. Bibliotheca, a leading provider of innovative library technology, will showcase its fully integrated library ecosystem and unveil a complement of brand-new solutions at this year's Public Library Association Conference in Columbus, OH. In addition to exploring other recent releases visitors to booth 2412 will be among the first to see the brand-new selfCheck 3000, Bibliotheca's latest premium self-service kiosk and learn about the new cloudCheck mobile app.


August 17, 2023. Bibliotheca welcomes the return of Matt Bellamy as President of the Americas and introduces new CFO, Craig Holmes. Bibliotheca, a global leader in library solutions, announced updates to its executive team with the return of Matt Bellamy as President of the Americas. Bellamy will officially begin his role on August 28th, marking his comeback to the Library Industry after a three-year hiatus. Additionally, Bibliotheca is delighted to introduce Craig Holmes as the new Chief Financial Officer, who will take up his responsibilities on August 21st.


July 5, 2023. Bibliotheca announces Jim Hopwood as Managing Director of EMEA. Bibliotheca announced the appointment of Jim Hopwood as the new Managing Director of EMEA, effective July 3, 2023. Having held key leadership positions at both Bibliotheca and Hublet, and as an advisor to various technology businesses, Hopwood is a seasoned professional and industry expert in the library technology market with a proven track record of success.


June 29, 2023. Bibliotheca and NoveList announce exclusive partnership. ibliotheca and NoveList, a division of EBSCO Information Services, are proud to announce a new exclusive agreement that makes the expertly curated recommendations from NoveList available at checkout only on Bibliotheca's self-service solutions. Bibliotheca is now the only library solutions provider to offer NoveList's read-alike recommendations at checkout. NoveList's recommendations are available on any Bibliotheca solution running quickConnect software, including the selfCheck and remoteLocker self-service solutions, as long as the customer has an active subscription to NoveList Select.


June 21, 2023. bibliotheca launches Smartshelf borrow to global library market. Bibliotheca announced the global release of smartShelf borrow, an integrated intelligent-shelving return and borrow solution for libraries of all sizes. smartShelf borrow combines intelligent return shelving with the power of selfCheck to allow instant recirculation of recently returned items. Library users simply place returns on the shelf and technology does the rest - identifying the items, removing them from the user's account, enabling security, and making them immediately available for borrowing through the integrated selfCheck self-service checkout solution.


June 6, 2023. Bibliotheca to unveil new releases and showcase entire ecosystem at ALA 2023. Bibliotheca, a leading provider of innovative library technology, announced that it will bring its catalogue of library solutions and a host of learning experiences to the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, June 22-27, 2023. These new releases include cloudCheck tablet*, a small, streamlined self-checkout solution that makes it easy for libraries to improve service by increasing the number of service points throughout the library; smartShelf borrow, an intelligent shelving return solution with built-in self-checkout; and the redesigned DLA inventory wand.


May 22, 2023. cloudCheck Tablet: Bibliotheca's new small, streamlined self-service library solution. Bibliotheca announced the release of cloudCheck tablet, the newest addition to the Bibliotheca self-service portfolio. cloudCheck tablet is a small, flexible, plug-and-play solution designed to complement existing self-checkout solutions. The combination allows libraries to offer patrons increased choice, and increase the number of self-service checkout kiosks without increasing cost.


May 10, 2023. Bibliotheca announces leadership transition: Ray Hood to retire as CEO; Joe Grillo joins as new CEO. Bibliotheca, a leading provider of library technology solutions, has announced a leadership transition. Ray Hood, the current CEO, will be retiring from his position on July 1, 2023. Hood has been instrumental in guiding the company through a challenging period that included the COVID-19 pandemic and the War in Ukraine, and the company thanks him for his contributions.


August 30, 2022. New cloudLibrary integration: digital magazines, newspapers, comics, and streaming video in one app. Bibliotheca announced exciting new cloudLibrary integrations that make eBooks, Audiobooks, digital magazines and newspapers, digital comics, and streaming video available within the cloudLibray app. The new, beautifully integrated cloudLibrary app makes it easier than ever to offer patrons a seamless digital experience while controlling library costs.


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Corporate Chronology

Nov 09, 2015 One Equity Partners acquires 3M Library Systems and merges company into bibliotheca
3M announced that it has completed the sale of assets for the majority of its remaining global Library Systems business outside of North America to a fund advised by One Equity Partners. 3M had previously completed the sale of assets of its North American Library Systems business to OEP.

Oct 2015 One Equity Partners acquires 3M Library Systems North American business

Jan 2015 One Equity Partners acquires Alturis Group
The acquisition extends bibliotheca's presence in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Alturis was founded in 2002. Wim Markus, former Managing Director of Alturis, joins Bibliotheca Central Europe

Nov 2014 Bibliotheca South Korea formed through strategic partnership with former executives and employees of ECO
Through a strategic partnership in South Korea, Bibliotheca South Korea is formed under the leadership of former executives and employees of ECO, including JongMin Lee, Seung Cheol Kim and Geon Hee Han

Jul 2013 bibliotheca forms strategic partnership with MultiSystems in Brazil to sell and support Bibliotheca products in South America

Feb 2012 One Equity Partners acquires Trion Library Systems AG. A manufacturer of automated material handling. Founded 1999
Acquisition of Trion Library Systems AG. A manufacturer of automated material handling. Founded 1999

May 01, 2011 One Equity Partners acquires Intellident

Apr 2011 One Equity Partners acquires Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems

Mar 05, 2011 One Equity partners acquires the assets of Integrated Technology Group from Shai Robkin

Dec 31, 2010 Intellident acquired from LINPAC by Chamonix Private Equity

Sep 2007 3M Library Systems and Checkpoint Systems consolidate their efforts to produce and market products to libraries.
Two of the top competitors in the library-focused RFID and library security products arena, 3M Library Systems and Checkpoint Systems, have consolidated their efforts to produce and market products to libraries. The arrangement, announced October 29, 2007, results in melding the 3M Library Systems marketing channels with products from Checkpoint Systems. Effective the beginning of 2008, 3M Library Systems will serve as the exclusive worldwide distributor and service provider for Checkpoint’s family of products oriented toward libraries.

2004 Integrated Technology Group founded
Integrated Technology Group founded as a spin-off of Vernon Library Supplies to develop and market material flow management technologies for libraries. Based in Norcross, GA.

2003 Intellident acquired by LINPAC
Intellident acquired by LINPAC, to be involved in general use of RFID for supply chain applications

2002 Jacques and Marcel Nauer found Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems AG
Jacques and Marcel Nauer found Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems AG in Zug, Switzerland. Acquired library RFID system from Lucatron.

2002 Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems AG founded by Jacques and Marcel Nauer

2002 Aturis founded

1999 Intillident founded

1999 Trion AG founded 1999