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The Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery solution will support a library network formed by the recent merger of three universities

PARIS, FRANCE, January 22, 2019 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Lille has selected the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. The decision to move from SirsiDynix Horizon™, Ex Libris Aleph®, and EBSCO Discovery Service™ was prompted by the merger of three universities (Lille 1, 2, and 3), creating the world’s largest French-speaking university.

Lille determined that modernizing their library management and discovery systems would facilitate collaboration and help the library manage its extensive print collection and large, fast-growing collection of electronic resources.

Julien Roche, director of the Lille libraries and learning centers, explained, “The University of Lille aims to deliver high-level services to support its learning, teaching, and research community. This means that the library network requires a robust, full-featured SaaS solution for the challenges we will face during the coming years. Alma and Primo will address these needs by providing a unified library services platform on which we can manage and make our print materials and e-resources accessible in a global, integrated manner.”

The Lille library network plans to take advantage of the openness of the Alma platform and Primo solution and put the large collection of APIs to use for developing and delivering innovative and personal services to its user community.

Ofer Mosseri, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris EMEA, said, “The merger of three separate library systems is a major undertaking, and I am pleased that the University of Lille recognizes the expertise of Ex Libris, proven through hundreds of similar projects worldwide, and especially in France. We look forward to working closely with the university on this and future projects.”

About the University of Lille

The University of Lille is a multidisciplinary, research-intensive university whose researchers collaborate with many partners throughout Europe and the world. With 67,000 students (including 7,300 international students), 6,300 staff members, 66 research units, and diplomas in all fields of study, the University of Lille is a major player in the region in training, research, innovation, and its commitment to social issues.

For more information about the University of Lille, see its website and check it out on Facebook and Twitter.

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions that enable institutions and their individual users to create, manage, and share knowledge. In close collaboration with its customers and the broader community, Ex Libris develops creative solutions that increase library productivity, maximize the impact of research activities, enhance teaching and learning, and drive student mobile engagement. Ex Libris serves over 7,500 customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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22 January 2019

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