May 25, 2022

Library Systems: Ex Libris Announces Agreement to Acquire Innovative

From the Acquisition Announcement (Full Text):

From the Acquisition FAQ

How will Innovative be integrated into Ex Libris?

Innovative will become a business unit within Ex Libris, reporting to Ex Libris President Bar Veinstein. As part of Ex Libris, Innovative will continue to support and enhance its solutions and deliver innovation to the market. The combined organization will have the vision and resources to increase investment in cutting-edge services and accelerate the development of academic and public library solutions.

Will products or services change as a result of the acquisition?

No. Innovative customers will continue to benefit from the products and services that they know, trust, and have used for many years. Over time, we intend to enhance products and services, leveraging our joint assets and expertise.

Will Innovative user groups continue to operate?

Yes. Innovative has strong, active user groups that have been key contributors to its success over the years. Ex Libris and Innovative plan to continue this important partnership with user groups and customer communities.

Read the Complete Acquisition FAQ

See Also: Blog Post by Bar Veinstein , President, Ex Libris

Innovative’s Product List Includes

  • Inspire Discovery
  • Sierra
  • Polaris
  • Resource Sharing
  • MyLibrary!
  • Vital
  • SkyRiver

According to Marshall Breeding’s site/database, 4237 libraries use Innovative ILS products (Sierra, Polaris, Millennium, and Virtua).  Approx. two-thirds of these customers are from public libraries.

Learn More About Innovative Interfaces ((History, Leadership, Customer
Base, etc.) via Marshall Breeding/

See Also: What Are the Larger Implications of Ex Libris Buying Innovative? (via Roger Schonfeld, ITHAKA)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.