January 19, 2011
Hamburg, Germany – January 19, 2011. Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the National Library of Luxembourg has selected the Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Following a rigorous evaluation of international products and vendors, the National Library found that Primo best met its principal requirement to offer a highly intuitive way to access and explore the diverse resources and online catalogs that form Luxembourg’s bibnet.lu network.
The bibnet.lu network consists of the National Library and 35 public institutions from different sectors, and serves as a central information service provider for its members. With Primo, the National Library intends to significantly improve the discovery experience and open a unique access point to the heterogeneous information resources offered by libraries in the network. By centralizing services and optimizing the network’s operating costs through a consortia platform, Primo meets another of the national library’s top requirements—the need to reduce the total cost of ownership of information systems in a consortia environment.
”Primo’s ability to integrate our heterogeneous databases, library catalog, and digital library—eluxemburgensia.lu—into a single solution was an important factor in our decision,” explained Monique Kieffer, director of the Luxembourg National Library. ”In addition, the ability to access library services such as loans, and hold and renewal requests directly from Primo, greatly enhances our users’ discovery experience.”
”We are delighted by the decision of the National Library of Luxembourg and the other members of bibnet.lu to adopt Primo,” commented Ullrich Jüngling, vice president of sales for Central, East, and South East Europe at Ex Libris. ”We are looking forward to collaborating with the national library network in its ongoing work of making information resources easily and widely accessible to the citizens of Luxembourg.”
About the National Library of Luxembourg
The National Library of Luxembourg is the successor to the first public library established in Luxembourg in 1798 by the French authorities. The name National Library was first used in 1899. The National Library is located in the center of the City of Luxembourg in a building, constructed at the beginning of the seventeenth century to house a Jesuit college. Guardian of the printed heritage of Luxembourg, the National Library collects all publications printed and published in Luxembourg and also houses a large multilingual collection of international origin. The total collection numbers about 1.3 million items.
For more information about the National Library of Luxembourg, see http://www.bnl.lu
The bibnet.lu network was founded in 1985 on the initiative of the National Library. In 2006 the National Library and the University of Luxembourg established a national consortium to acquire electronic resources. They are made accessible through a common internet portal www.portail.bnu.lu
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 75 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.