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Ex Libris

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1350 E Touhy Avenue Suite 200 E
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
United States
Toll free: 800-762-6300
Phone: 847-296-2200
Fax: 847-296-5636
Web site:

Board of Directors

  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Yair Amsterdam -- Chief Operating Officer


  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Oded Scharfstein -- Chief Financial Officer
  • Shlomo Sanders -- Chief Technology Officer
  • Sagit Halpern -- Chief Financial Officer, Ex Libris North America
  • Oren Beit-Arie -- Chief Strategy Officer
  • Bar Veinstein -- Corporate VP Resource Management Solutions
  • Anat Kuper -- Corporate Vice President, Global Support
  • Koby Rosenthal -- Corporate Vice President, General Manager for Europe
  • Ziv BenZvi -- Vice President for Asia Pacific
  • Uri Livnat -- Vice President, Cloud Services
  • Steven Savaglio -- Director of Support for Ex Libris North America

Company Ownership

Ex Libris is a wholly owned subsidiary of ProQuest, which is owned by Cambridge Information Group and Goldman Sachs.

Library automation systems

Ex Libris offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Alma (714 libraries, 1167 facilities in
    Public libraries: 1
    Academic libraries: 566
    School libraries: 0
    1 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Aleph 500 (1145 libraries, 1553 facilities in
    Public libraries: 422
    Academic libraries: 480
    School libraries: 41
    274 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (593 libraries, 922 facilities in
    Public libraries: 2
    Academic libraries: 374
    School libraries: 3
    464 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 3642 library facilities included in use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 561 libraries, 803 facilities in

Corporate Chronology

Dec 15, 2015   Ex Libris acquired by ProQuest.
Jan 9, 2015   37 members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance complete implementation of Ex Libris Alma and Primo.
Dec 19, 2014   Ex Libris reports 370 total institutions with signed contracts for Alma and 150 libraries in production.
Dec 18, 2014   Welsh Consortium chooses Ex Libris Alma and Primo for shared resource management environment.
Aug 3, 2014   LIBISnet Library Network in Belgium places Alma into production.
Apr 29, 2014   Ex Libris launches the Ex Libris Developer Network.
Jan 27, 2014   University of Minnesota places Ex Libris Alma into production.
Dec 31, 2013   Ex Libris reports 329 total contracts for Alma for Library Systems Report.
Dec 4, 2013   BIBSYS Consortium in Norway selects Ex Libris Alma.
Apr 18, 2013   BIBSYS Consortium Selects Primo.
Oct 16, 2012   Golden Gate Capital acquires Ex Libris from Leeds Equity Partners.
Oct 9, 2012   Orbis Cascade Alliance selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo.
Jul 2, 2012   Boston College becomes the first library to put Alma in production.
Jan 6, 2011   Ex Libris announces that its unified resource management system will be called Alma.
Dec 1, 2010   Ex Libris delivers the second partner release of Alma to development partners.
Feb 8, 2010   Ex Libris acquires Fujitsu Services A/S library division.
Jul 6, 2009   Ex Libris announces development initiative for Unified Resource Management -- later branded as Alma.
Aug 5, 2008   Leeds Equity Partners acquires Ex Libris Group.
Nov 21, 2006   Francisco Partners acquires Endeavor Information Systems from Elsevier.
Jun 26, 2006   Francisco Partners acquires Ex Libris for $62 million.
Mar 2006   Ex Libris announces Primo for the discovery and delivery of library resources.
Aug 2005   Azriel Morag retires from Ex Libris.
Jun 21, 2004   Ex Libris announces Verde electronic resource management system.
May 11, 2003   Matti Shem Tov appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ex Libris.
Jan 28, 2002   Ehud Arad steps down as President of Ex Libris.
Jul 8, 2000   Ex Libris introduces MetaLib federated search application.
Apr 7, 2000   Endeavor Information Systems acquired by Elsevier.
Feb 2000   Ex Libris acquires rights to SFX from University of Gent.
Feb 1999   Endeavor employees gain full ownership of Endeavor Information Systems.
1999   Walden Israel and Tamar Ventures invest in Ex Libris Group.
1999   Ex Libris enters United States library automation market.
Aug 29, 1997   Northwestern University Library selects Voyager to replace NOTIS.
Jul 1997   Ex Libris acquires Dabis, a German company offering the BIS library automation system.
1996   Company reorganized as Ex Libris group.
Dec 28, 1995   Voyager placed into production at Michigan Technological University.
1995   Yissum Aleph and Ex Libris, Ltd. merge into a single company.
Nov 14, 1994   Endeavor Information Systems founded.
May 21, 1988   The Library of Congress selects Voyager from Endeavor Information Systems.
1986   Ex Libris, Ltd. founded.
1983   Aleph Yissum founded to commercialize ALEPH.
1980   ALEPH software created at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides

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

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (November 2015). ProQuest to Acquire Ex Libris

In a move that alters the business dynamics of the library technology sector, ProQuest has announced that it will acquire Ex Libris in a deal expected to close later in 2015. Ex Libris, under the ownership of Golden Gate Capital since November 2012, will become a wholly owned business of ProQuest. This merger significantly extends ProQuest's offerings of technology-based workflow and resource management tools and places a broader portfolio of products under the responsibility of Ex Libris. While this merger represents a major step in the evolution of the industry, it is not anticipated to compromise the availability of current product offerings. Longer-term product strategies will be developed over time in collaboration with the company's customer base.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2012). Crossing the Threshold: Boston College Places Alma into Production

On July 2, 2012, the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library of Boston College became the first to place Alma, the library services platform created by Ex Libris, into production use. The library migrated from an Aleph system in place since 2000. Boston College had been working with Ex Libris since mid-2009 as a development partner, testing each incremental release of the software, and providing constructive feedback. The library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, with a staff numbering around 120, and a collection of 3.5 million volumes.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2012). Ex Libris: Alma, Aleph, and Primo

Ex Libris has made progress across multiple products. There have been developments with Alma, its new unified resource management platform, Aleph, one of its integrated library systems, and with its Primo discovery product.

(January 6, 2011). Ex Libris announces the cloud-based Alma Library Management Service

Ex Libris announced that the company’s next-generation library management solution has been named Ex Libris Alma. Harnessing the Unified Resource Management (URM) framework, Alma supports the entire range of library operations—selection, acquisition, metadata management, digitization, and fulfillment—for all library materials, regardless of their format or location. The Ex Libris Alma solution accelerates libraries' move toward next-generation services by consolidating, optimizing, and extending library workflows. Alma consolidates the disparate systems used by today’s libraries to manage print, electronic, and digital resources. Alma’s cloud infrastructure helps libraries improve their operational efficiency through data sharing and collaboration. As a result, libraries can focus their resources on extending services within and outside the institution and on supporting the institution’s teaching and research missions. The general release of the Alma solution is scheduled for early 2012.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (January 2011). Ex Libris Marks Progress in Developing URM

Ex Libris continues to make progress on the development of its next-generation library management platform called Unified Resource Management, or URM. This product, which was developed as the company's long-term strategic library automation platform, continues in the research and development stage, with expected release at the beginning of 2012. Although the product is still some time away from general availability, it has progressed from the proof-of-concept prototypes to a functional model. Though preliminary, some versions have been made available to development partner libraries for testing and assessment

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2008). Ex Libris Sets Strategic Course on Open Systems

Ex Libris specializes in automation products, primarily aimed at academic and research libraries, and has a large base of customer libraries throughout the world. In June 2008, Ex Libris announced that it had launched what it calls an "open-platform program" formalizing and expanding its commitment to deliver its products and services in a more transparent approach.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (January 2007). Consolidation continues: Endeavor acquired by Francisco Partners

Following its July 2006 acquisition of Ex Libris, private-equity firm Francisco Partners announced a definitive agreement late last fall to acquire 100 percent of Endeavor Information Systems from Elsevier. This acquisition represents a major step toward consolidation in the academic library-automation industry. As a result, this combined company stands as the largest provider focused solely on providing systems and services to academic libraries.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (December 2006). Francisco Partners completes Ex Libris buy

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2006). OPAC sustenance: Ex Libris to serve up Primo

Marshall Breeding provides a description of Primo, a new information discovery and delivery tool from Ex Libris.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (November 2005). Ex Libris withdraws from IPO

In a move to gain additional funding for its business strategies, Ex Libris recently embarked on an initial public offering of stock to raise capital. But late in the process, the company’s board of directors withdrew from the IPO; the aborted effort follows another significant company event--the retirement of Azriel Morag, company founder and longtime chairman of the board.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (April 2005). Ex Libris reorganizes its U.S. operations

Library Systems Newsletter (July 1997). Ex Libris purchases Dabis

Ex Libris Lts., the Israeli company which sells the Aleph 500 automated library systems and supports several earlier generations of that system, has purchased DABIS of Germany and DABIS of Austria, a former leading vendor of automated library systems in the German speaking countries. DABIS had gone into receivership, primarily because of failure to sell new systems. ExL GmbH, a new Ex Libris subsidiary, will service the 300 DABIS accounts and will seek to migrate them to its product. It has hired 26 former DABIS staffers and will maintain offices in Hamburg, Berlin, and Cologne.

Ex Libris News

Wednesday Jan 18, 2017

All 988 Press Releases from Ex Libris

10 most recent items:

January 17, 2017. La Universitat Politčcnica de Valčncia Selecciona Alma y Primo de Ex Libris. Ex Libris anunció que la Universitat Politčcnica de Valčncia, usuario de Aleph desde 2000, ha elegido el servicio de gestión de recursos Alma y la solución de descubrimiento y entrega de Primo para ayudar a la biblioteca a alcanzar sus objetivos estratégicos de optimizar la eficiencia de la biblioteca, modernizar los servicios y transformar espacios físicos para mejorar la experiencia de investigación en la Universidad. <<more>>

January 16, 2017. Tsinghua University, top university in China, selects Ex Libris Alma library management service. Ex Libris announced that Tsinghua University in Beijing has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service to replace the university’s Innovative Millennium integrated library system. Tsinghua University was ranked as the top university in China by QS World University Rankings®. <<more>>

January 9, 2017. Universitat Politčcnica de Valčncia selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announce that the Universitat Politčcnica de Valčncia, a customer of Ex Libris Aleph since 2000, has chosen the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to help the library meet its strategic goals of improving the library’s efficiency, modernizing services, and transforming physical spaces to enhance the research experience at the University. <<more>>

December 20, 2016. University of Waikato goes live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the University of Waikato, in Hamilton, New Zealand, has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Alma replaces the university library’s Voyager integrated library system. <<more>>

December 19, 2016. Beijing Normal University chooses Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that Beijing Normal University has opted for the Ex Libris Alma library management service. The University has been using the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system since 2000, when it became the first university in China to adopt the system. <<more>>

December 19, 2016. Harvard Library entscheidet sich für Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris gibt bekannt, dass sich die Harvard Library als Teil ihrer Strategie zur Förderung von Forschung, Lehre und Lernen für den Bibliotheksmanagementdienst Ex Libris Alma entschieden hat. Die Harvard University hat sich als zweite Ivy-League-Hochschule und 33. Mitglied der Association of Research Libraries für die Alma-Lösung entschieden. Die größte wissenschaftliche Bibliothek der Welt, die Harvard Library, ist ein wichtiger Partner für die intellektuellen und akademischen Bestrebungen von Lehrenden und Studierenden. <<more>>

December 15, 2016. Ex Libris Alma App jetzt für Apple iOS und Google Android verfügbar. Ex Libris gibt das Software-Release von Ex Libris Alma Mobile bekannt. Mit der neuen App können Bibliothekare auch unterwegs einfach und schnell mit Alma arbeiten. <<more>>

December 14, 2016. Harvard Library selects the Ex Libris Alma next-generation library platform. Ex Libris announced that Harvard Library has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service as part of the Library’s strategy to support research, teaching, and learning. Harvard University is the second Ivy League school and the 33rd member of the Association of Research Libraries to opt for the Alma solution. The largest academic library in the world, Harvard Library is a key partner for scholars and students in their intellectual and academic endeavors. <<more>>

December 14, 2016. Harvard Selecciona la Plataforma de Bibliotecas de la Próxima Generación Alma de Ex Libris. Ex Libris anunció que Harvard ha elegido el servicio de gestión de bibliotecas Alma de Ex Libris como parte de la estrategia de la Biblioteca para apoyar la investigación, la enseńanza y el aprendizaje. La Universidad de Harvard es la segunda escuela de la Ivy League y la 33Ş de la Asociación de Bibliotecas de Investigación (ARL) que ha seleccionado la solución Alma. La Biblioteca de Harvard, es un socio clave para profesores, investigadores y estudiantes para sus actividades académicas e intelectuales. <<more>>

December 13, 2016. All new Ex Libris Alma Mobile App now available for Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Ex Libris announced the release of Ex Libris Alma Mobile. The new app enables librarians to work with the Alma service quickly and easily while on the go. Alma Mobile provides Pick Up From Shelf functionality, significantly enhancing librarians’ productivity by allowing them to take the Alma service to the stacks. In addition, librarians can use their mobile device’s built-in camera to scan in items directly from the app. <<more>>