January 18, 2022

Ex Libris Announces the Completion of Innovative Acquisition

From Ex Libris:

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has completed its acquisition of Innovative, a leading provider of integrated library systems for public, academic, and specialist libraries. Innovative is now a business unit within Ex Libris.

“This is an important day for Ex Libris and Innovative,” said Bar Veinstein, president of Ex Libris. “We are bringing together Innovative’s industry expertise with Ex Libris cloud technology and services to help our customers meet new challenges in the library industry.”


Ex Libris will continue to support and develop the solutions that Innovative’s customers have relied on for many years. At the same time, Ex Libris cloud technology will power the development of a cloud-based Polaris SaaS solution for public libraries.


Guggenheim Securities, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to ProQuest and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP served as legal counsel to ProQuest for the transaction. Evercore Partners served as exclusive financial advisor to Innovative and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to Innovative.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.