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FormationApril 2009; 10 years ago (2009-04)
FieldsLibrary and cultural heritage, non profit

LYRASIS was created in April 2009 from the merger of SOLINET and PALINET, two US based library networks.[1] NELINET, the New England library network, also merged into LYRASIS in late 2009.[2] In January 2011, the Bibliographical Center for Research, Denver, CO (BCR) phased out operations and joined LYRASIS. [3][4]


LYRASIS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization whose mission is: "to support enduring access to the world’s shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services, digital solutions and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities worldwide."[5]

Organizational goals include: the development and selection of new technology solutions; fostering community-wide projects that help deliver better outcomes and services; content creation, acquisition and management; support for new content models and strategies; and large-scale knowledge management programs.[citation needed]

LYRASIS has more than 1,000 members in 28 countries. LYRASIS is staffed by more than 50 individuals and the company has three main areas of focus: community supported/open source software; technology hosting services; content creation and acquisition. LYRASIS also offers consulting services.[citation needed]

LYRASIS supports a diverse membership that includes academic, public, special, and school libraries, as well as archives museums and state libraries.[6]

In June 2015, Robert Miller replaced Kate Nevins as the Executive Director of LYRASIS.[7]

In January 2019 LYRASIS and DuraSpace announced their intention to merge.[8] This is the second time the two organizations have planned a merger.[9]


Community Supported Open Source Software – LYRASIS is the structural and fiscal organizational home to two open source software solutions that have a combined membership of over 350 institutions. This unique model allows for community-driven governance and contribution to work inside the boundaries and security of a professionally managed host organization.

Technology Hosting Services – LYRASIS is an active leader and supporter within different software communities. LYRASIS oversees the hosting and migration services for over 100 institutions from community software platforms. In addition, the software engineers and program managers from LYRASIS contribute code, training and documentation to the community.

Content Creation and Acquisition – LYRASIS is responsible for the negotiation of contracts with over 80 publishers, vendors, and partnering organizations. As such, LYRASIS members do not have to worry about skill gaps or contractual risk as group size is leveraged in expert license negotiation for multi-million dollar contracts. The LYRASIS reputation is one of active leadership in Open Access publishing models through partnership, advocacy and fiscal agency. In addition, LYRASIS has a long legacy of digitization services, enabling participants to digitize their collections with best practices and at favorable prices.

Consulting and Training – LYRASIS has world-class experts who assist members in digitization, preservation, digital preservation, disaster preparedness and strategic planning.  LYRASIS consultants and instructors help institutions make the most of their collections and ensure long-term access.

Fiscal Services – LYRASIS assists more than 500 institutions manage their annual budgets by allowing them to deposit funds for future use, protecting it from unanticipated budget adjustments.

Leader’s Circle, Leaders Forum and Catalyst Fund – More than 200 LYRASIS members are actively involved in these programs so far, engaging in early innovation exploration, cross-institution collaboration and initial vetting of ideas, services and programs. Our members work together on new ideas and trends throughout the year in informal forums. Catalyst Fund ideas submitted by members are then selected by vote of the Leaders Circle to be funded. During the annual Member Summit, Catalyst Fund recipients report on progress and members work together to consider future directions for funded projects, including expansion and potential grant or business planning. Through these leadership programs, LYRASIS members are able to participate in the creation and fruition of new ideas all the way through the life cycle of a program.

Investments – LYRASIS works closely with members to submit and receive grants from foundations such as The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support ideas and programs on behalf of its members and other libraries, archives and museums who need access to these innovative programs. Furthermore LYRASIS has reinvested proceeds from its traditional investments into potential ideas, program and solutions to benefit its membership.

Open Source[edit]

Since 2013[citation needed] LYRASIS has supported a number of open source software efforts. LYRASIS serves as the organizational home for two open source communities, ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace. In addition LYRASIS offers hosting, support and code contributions to two more open source efforts, Islandora and Library Simplified.

  • ArchivesSpace is a next-generation web-based archives information management system.
  • CollectionSpace is web-based, open source museum collections management software .
  • Islandora is an open-source software framework designed to help institutions and organizations and their audiences collaboratively manage, and discover digital assets.
  • Library Simplifed is an open source, community focused tool originally designed by the New York Public Library that helps libraries manage and deliver eBooks.


  1. ^ Today, Information (2009-04-09). "Lyrasis Launches, Formed From Merger of PALINET and SOLINET". Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  2. ^ Library Journal, Newly Created Lyrasis Now Set To Add NELINET Archived 2010-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ McCook, Kathleen de la Peña (2011). Introduction to Public Librarianship, p. 303 .
  4. ^ BCR (2010). "BCR Closed."
  5. ^ "About LYRASIS". Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  6. ^ "LYRASIS | ICOLC Website". Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  7. ^ "Robert Miller Leaves Internet Archive to Become New CEO of LYRASIS | LJ INFOdocket". Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  8. ^ "Amplifying Impact: LYRASIS and DuraSpace Announce Intent to Merge". 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  9. ^ Enis, Matt. "LYRASIS, DuraSpace Leaders Discuss Dissolved Merger". The Library Journal. Retrieved 2019-01-25.

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