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The Alma platform will help the university meet its strategic goals of managing collections more effectively and ensuring operational efficiency

LONDON, UK, September 6, 2018 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Leeds, a leading research and teaching university in the United Kingdom, has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to improve efficiency, streamline workflows, and support decision-making. Alma and Primo will replace the Innovative Sierra software.

The University Library decided that the time had come to move to a cloud-based SaaS architecture and reduce costs. As part of this process, the university carried out a competitive evaluation of library management systems and their functionality and selected the Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions.

Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection Stella Butler said, “We had the perfect opportunity to test the market as well as the enthusiasm of the staff for a fresh approach and a new solution. Leeds University Library has a proven track record of implementing systems that support and streamline our processes. Alma and Primo both offer excellent reporting functionality that directly addresses our strategic objective of managing collections more efficiently and will improve our decision-making. Furthermore, a more robust relationship between the library management system and resource discovery layer will contribute to operational efficiency by improving the handling of acquisitions and reducing manual processes and workarounds.”

Ofer Mosseri, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris EMEA, said, “We are delighted to welcome another member of the White Rose University Consortium and the Russell Group to the global family of Alma and Primo users. By minimizing processing time and improving the decision-making capabilities of library managers, Alma is perfectly tailored to the needs of higher-education libraries.”

About the University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, renowned globally for the quality of teaching and research. The strength of academic expertise combined with the breadth of disciplines covered, provides a wealth of opportunities and has real impact on the world in cultural, economic and societal ways. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, comprising the leading research-intensive universities in the UK, and a member of the White Rose University Consortium. Among the top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019, it has been awarded a Gold award in the UK’s Teaching Excellence Framework and is also a top 10 university for research power in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

Leeds University Library is one of the major academic research libraries in the UK. Its world-renowned Special Collections holds rare books, manuscripts, art and archives and is used by students and academics from around the world. The library creates, manages and makes available huge digital and print collections for study and research. It is transforming student study with state-of-the-art learning spaces and supports academic skills development across the university, as well as facilitating open access publishing and research data management for its researchers. For more information, visit

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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06 September 2018

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