University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Selects Ex Libris Primo

Primo will be integrated with the University Library's Gateway Web site

Chicago, IL, (PresseBox) - Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign library has selected the Primo® discovery and delivery solution from Ex Libris. With this acquisition, the University Library joins a Primo community of 300 local and regional libraries in North America.

Combined with the Primo Central Index, which connects libraries to hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources, Primo enables users to search the entire spectrum of a library's collections-both e-resources and physical holdings-through a single point of access, and to receive a single, relevance-ranked list of results.

"Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois use the Library's Gateway Web site and search systems to assist them in discovering and downloading several million journal articles and e-books annually," said Beth Sandore, associate university librarian for information technology planning and policy and associate dean of libraries. "Primo will be integrated into that heavily used resource."

"We are thrilled to welcome the University of Illinois to the dynamic North American Primo community," remarked Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America. "The university's record of groundbreaking research and innovation makes it a perfect fit with the ethos of Primo and Ex Libris, where facilitating library-led research is a guiding principle."

About the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

The library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign holds over 12 million volumes, more than 90,000 serial titles, and more than nine million manuscripts, maps, slides, audio tapes, microforms, videotapes, laser discs, and other nonprint material. The University Library is ranked highly nationally and globally, and its collections and services are used heavily by students, faculty, and visiting scholars. More than one million items are circulated annually, and many more are used on-site and from virtually anywhere in the world.

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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 80 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.

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