Bayerische Staatsbibliothek opts for using Alma by Ex Libris for modernising its library services

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB), Germany’s largest research and universal library, will migrate its library services to the cloud-based Alma® platform by Ex Libris. For almost 20 years, the BSB had used a local system that was becoming increasingly complex and meeting the limits of its performance capability. The transition to the cloud-based software as a service solution by Ex Libris, a company of the ProQuest group, is intended to significantly boost efficiency and user friendliness.

The BSB, one of the most renowned universal libraries in Europe, will use the Alma platform for managing printed, electronic and digital materials via one uniform interface. As a cloud-based solution, the Alma services will support the BSB in harmonising its workflows, offering an optimised user experience, considerably increasing efficiency and reducing costs.

"Extensive research and evaluations have shown that the right time has come for the transition to cloud-based library services", said Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, Director General of the BSB. "The decision to use the Alma platform by Ex Libris is an important step on the way to reducing complexity, further promoting the digitization of our services and even better preparing our library for the future. We are very glad about this transition and hope that our Alma implementation can be a model for future solutions in the overall Bavarian Library Network."

Ofer Mosseri, General Manager EMEA of Ex Libris and ProQuest, commented: "We feel honoured by the decision of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in favour of the Ex Libris Alma platform. Through its digital transformation the BSB takes its place among the group of top cultural institutions playing a pioneering role in Germany and Europe. Not only will the BSB achieve considerable increases in performance, but it will also become part of the global user community of Ex Libris and thus directly benefit from exchanging knowledge and experience with libraries worldwide."

Press release for download
Press release  (PDF, 94 KB)  (in German)

Contact persons

Dr. Klaus Ceynowa
Director General
Phone  +49 89 28638-2201

Peter Schnitzlein
Press and Public Relations
Phone  +49 89 28638-2429

Press contact Ex Libris


About the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is an international research library of world renown. With around 34,5 million media units, it is the largest universal library in Germany and forms part of the most important heritage institutions of the world. With more than 2.7 million digitized works, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds the largest digital data stock of all German libraries. The library offers a broad variety of services in the field of innovative digital use scenarios.

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Ludwigstrasse 16, 80539 Munich

Über Ex Libris
Ex Libris, ein Unternehmen von ProQuest, ist ein weltweit führender Anbieter von cloudbasierten SaaS-Lösungen, die es Institutionen und ihren einzelnen Nutzerinnen und Nutzern ermöglichen, Wissen zu erstellen, zu verwalten und zu teilen. In enger Zusammenarbeit mit seinen Kundinnen und Kunden und der Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft entwickelt Ex Libris kreative Lösungen, welche die Produktivität der Bibliotheken steigern, die Bedeutung der Forschungsarbeiten maximieren, Lehre und Lernen verbessern und die mobile Beteiligung der Studierenden fördern. Ex Libris ist für über 7 500 Kunden in 90 Ländern tätig. Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf unserer Website. Besuchen Sie uns auch bei LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook und Twitter.