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Box 24914
Lund, 224 21
Phone: +46-46-270-0400
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Board of Directors

  • Mats Hentzel -- Chairman
  • Andrew Fraser -- Board of Directors Member
  • Gunnar Sahlin -- Board of Directors Member
  • Joel Sommerfeldt -- Chief Executive Officer


  • Mats Hentzel -- Chairman
  • Magdalena Schultze -- Vice President Communication and Human Resources
  • Annika Jägenstedt -- CFO, Finance Manager
  • Grant Palmer -- Managing Director, Axiell UK
  • Janne Rouhiainen -- CEO, Ab Axiell Kirjastot Oy
  • Joel Sommerfeldt -- Chief Executive Officer
  • Malcolm Howitt -- Managing Director, Axiell CALM
  • Göran Hultén -- Vice President, Manager Corporate Development
  • Bert Degenhart Drenth -- Chief Technology Officer
  • Graham Wakerley -- Operations director, Axiell, Ltd.
  • Morten Nørgaard Berg -- Vice President, Sales
  • Suzanne Richter -- Human Resources Manager
  • Boris Zetterlund -- Vice President Strategy

Company Ownership

Library automation systems

Axiell offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • BOOK-IT (178 libraries, 747 facilities in
    Public libraries: 175
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 0
    7 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • (89 libraries, 318 facilities in
    Public libraries: 82
    Academic libraries: 2
    School libraries: 1
    6 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • LIBRA.FI (14 libraries, 28 facilities in
    Public libraries: 14
    Academic libraries: 0
    School libraries: 0
    1 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • DDElibra (1 libraries, 1 facilities in
    Public libraries: 0
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 0
    81 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • BOOK-IT (178 libraries, 747 facilities in
    Public libraries: 175
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 0
    7 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • OpenGalaxy (25 libraries, 599 facilities in
    Public libraries: 25
    Academic libraries: 0
    School libraries: 0
    60 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • PallasPro (38 libraries, 77 facilities in
    Public libraries: 38
    Academic libraries: 0
    School libraries: 0
    66 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Origo (104 libraries, 176 facilities in
    Public libraries: 104
    Academic libraries: 0
    School libraries: 0
    52 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Axiell Aurora (61 libraries, 143 facilities in
    Public libraries: 60
    Academic libraries: 0
    School libraries: 0
    4 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 2836 library facilities included in use an ILS provided by Axiell.

Corporate Chronology

May 25, 2016   Axiell acquires Mobydoc, the market leader for French museums.
Mar 9, 2015   Axiell acquires seventy percent of Elib e-book distributor from publishers Bonniers, Norstedts, Natur & Kultur and Piratförlaget.
Apr 3, 2014   Axiell acquires KE Software.
Oct 8, 2013   Axiell acquires Selago Design.
Aug 21, 2013   Axiell and Publit Launch Atingo for E-book lending.
Mar 1, 2013   Axiell Group acquires ADLIB Information Systems.
Jan 5, 2009   DS Ltd changed its name to Axiell Limited.
Apr 28, 2008   Axiell acquires DS.
Jan 1, 2008   Axiell Library Group formed as new parent company.
Dec 12, 2007   Axiell invests in Akateeminen Tietopalvelu ATP Oy.
Apr 2007   Axiell acqires TietoEnator Libraries Oy, Finland for 2.4 million Euros.
2005   Axiell engages with TietoEnator in joint venture for library systems development.
2004   Axiell acquires CSC's Consulting Group's Library Section.
2001   Axiell Biblioteksystem AB and BTJ System AB merge to form Axiell Bibliotek AB.
2001   eHuset Ltd goes into receivership and CSC Consulting Group is formed by CSC Denmark A / S takes over the most essential activities eHuset..
Jan 2001   DS Ltd acquires Crossnet Systems Ltd.
Jul 1999   ADLIB Information Systems acquires ROTA and Ocelot automation system from Reekx.
1999   Danish Data Elektronik becomes Ehuset A / S.
Jan 1999   Databasix Information Systems renamed to ADLIB Information Systems.
Aug 1, 1998   Adlib acquired SAILS from Swets & Zeitlinger.
1991   BTJ System AB is formed.
1991   Databasix Information Systems changes ownership through management buy-out led by Bert Degenhart-Drenth.
1988   BTJ 2000 launched.
1986   Bert Degenhart Drenth joins Databasix Computer Systems and launches a subsidiary office in the Benelux.
1985   Axiell Biblioteksystem AB Founded.
1975   Danish Data Elektronik Founded.
1960   BTJ converted into a limited company..

Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides

The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of Axiell, or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (April 2013). Axiell Group Acquires Adlib Information Systems

In a move that consolidates two companies that produce systems for managing museum, archive, and library collections, Axiell Group has acquired Adlib Information Systems. Axiell offers a variety of library automation systems used in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom as well as Axiell CALM, for the management of archive and museum collections. Adlib's products find use primarily in museums, archives, and special libraries. The acquisition of Adlib, a company with particular strengths in the museum and archive automation sector, significantly expands Axiell's reach, especially into the museum sector and also into many new geographic areas. While it has not yet ventured into the North American library automation market, Axiell, with its growing arsenal of products, warrants attention as a major, global contender with the potential to expand into new geographic regions.

Axiell News

Saturday Apr 4, 2020

All 152 Press Releases from Axiell

10 most recent items:

March 2, 2020. Axiell partners with Demco and enters the U.S with next-generation library services platform. Axiell, the leading supplier of software to the cultural sector, announced a partnership with Demco, a leading library supplier in North America. The partnership is formed to introduce the groundbreaking library services platform Axiell Quria to the U.S market. <<more>>

November 22, 2019. Archives NZ partners with Axiell to improve access to New Zealand's archives heritage. Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga welcomed a new partnership with Axiell, the world’s leading supplier of software to the cultural sector, to manage their unique archives. Archives New Zealand will replace their collection management and search tool, Archway, with Axiell Collections so that Archives staff can work more efficiently, and New Zealanders can have better access to the nation’s taonga and public archives. <<more>>

June 19, 2019. Axiell and CultureConnect partner to offer immersive museum-collection experiences. Axiell, the leading vendor globally for collections management software, today announces a collaboration with CultureConnect, an innovative technology company delivering award-winning mobile and digital experiences to the cultural sector. This ground-breaking partnership advances the technology landscape for museums, libraries and cultural organizations, enabling them to launch engaging, beautiful digital experiences for visitors more easily and as part of a sustainable technology foundation, i.e., one which they can build upon and scale. <<more>>

January 28, 2019. Axiell acquires Bibliotekenes IT-senter and becomes leading library vendor in Norway. Axiell, the leading vendor globally to public libraries, museums and archives, today announces the acquisition of Bibliotekenes IT-senter (Bibits) in Norway. Through the acquisition, Axiell adds 300 municipalities in Norway, Sweden and Finland which use the ILS-solution MikroMarc for public libraries, and 100 number of customers using SAGA, an OPAC. As the largest partner for IT solutions and services to public libraries in the Nordics, Axiell now expands its operations and strengthens its position in Norway. Axiell makes this move to pave the way for Quria, Axiell’s cloud-based library services platform and WeLib, the digital school library, as well as integration of additional solutions across the cultural sector. <<more>>

January 28, 2019. Axiell förvärvar norskt bolag. Axiell, som är en global leverantör för IT-lösningar till kultursektorn somfolkbibliotek, skolor, museer och arkiv, förvärvar nu norska Bibliotekenes IT-senter (Bibits),Bibliotekscentrum Sverige AB samt Open Library Solutions (OLS) med biblioteksplattformarnaMikromarc och Saga. Genom köpet får Axiell samarbete med ytterligare 2000 bibliotek och300 kommuner i Norge, Sverige och Finland. Förväret medför att Axiell kan stärkautvecklingen mot att ge biblioteken tillgång till världens modernaste biblioteksplattform. <<more>>

December 28, 2018. Axiell wins procurement of digital book platform for all Finnish libraries. Axiell Media announces the win of the competitive procurement for digital media to all the 790 Finnish public libraries. The company is with the framework the main supplier of systems and products for the distribution of digital literature to the libraries. With the solution, Finland’s patrons will have improved access to digital reading when Axiell Media enters the Finnish market. <<more>>

December 28, 2018. Axiell wins Zug Cantonal Library with cloud-based, digital-first library services platform. Axiel announced it has won the Zug City and Cantonal Library in Switzerland as a customer for its public library software. After an evaluation project which lasted nearly a year, the city council of Zug decided in favour of Axiell Arena and Quria. The Library will use these solutions to present and manage its entire media inventory (physical and digital) and all other offerings and information via a single platform. With Axiell Quria, the customer will benefit from a platform which makes daily work routines more efficient. It completely revamps the way staff are guided by workflows and how catalogue search is performed, which therefore removes all barriers between physical and digital assets. <<more>>

November 13, 2018. Axiell Quria expands customer base in Norway with additional libraries. Axiell, the leading vendor to public libraries in Europe, today announces new customers for Axiell Quria in Norway. In September 2017, Drammen Library became the first library in the world to use Quria, Axiell’s cloud-based library services platform. With the forthcoming municipal assembly between Drammen, Svelvik and Nedre Eiker, libraries in these municipalities will all switch to Quria. This means that Quria will go from serving over 68,000 inhabitants to almost 100,000. <<more>>

October 2, 2018. Järfälla invests in digital school library WeLib from Axiell. Axiell announced that the Swedish municipality Järfälla has selected the digital school library solution WeLib for their 8200 students. The procurement process was designed to ensure that the municipality could secure its vision for the students to have access to a modern digital school library solution. WeLib was considered the only system that met every requirement. Järfälla’s selection of WeLib means that approximately 24% of all students in Sweden have a modern digital school library. <<more>>

September 26, 2018. Broken Hill City Council selects Axiell to manage their archive, gallery and museum collections. Axiell, the leading supplier of software to the cultural sector, today announces that it has been selected by Broken Hill City Council to manage their archive, art and geology collections. The city is looking to build on existing economic platforms, like art, culture and tourism to reinvigorate the local economy. Axiell's EMu Collections Management System will centralise collections from the Broken Hill & Outback Archives, Albert Kersten Mining & Minerals Museum (Geocentre) and Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, opening up the City's significant history to a much wider audience. <<more>>