Innovative Announces Beta Testing for Polaris to INN-Reach Now in Progress


APIs offer a seamless, unified experience for resource sharing among Innovative library partners

Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, today announced Polaris library partners now have a direct connection for the Polaris to INN-Reach resource sharing system.

Currently in beta testing, Innovative will offer the same level of integration INN-Reach currently offers Sierra and Millennium users to those on Polaris, through the use of Direct to INN-Reach APIs. This will eliminate the need for a Direct Consortia Borrowing (DCB) broker system and will create a seamless experience within Polaris.

“The Polaris to INN-Reach capabilities are a direct result of Innovative’s strategic roadmap,” said James Tallman, Chief Executive Officer at Innovative. “Our development efforts are highly-focused on what our library partners need to be successful, and offering similar functionality across all product lines is key to accomplishing this.”

This approach will allow Innovative library partners to benefit from the development team’s expertise—no matter what library system they select.

“Polaris to INN-Reach is a testament to the value two companies coming together can bring,” said Bill Schickling, Executive Vice President at Innovative. “We’re excited to offer resource sharing with the same level of integration to all of our library partners and look forward to releasing products that will serve even more libraries now, and in the future.”

Built using the Innovative Open Library Stack, the direct connection offers a number of benefits, including the ability to utilize the INN-Reach system from within the Polaris ILS and Leap. Users no longer need to use another application; rather all INN-Reach activities can be performed within Polaris.

“The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries has been using the INN-Reach union catalog software for over fifteen years for discovery and resource sharing,” said George Machovec, Executive Director at Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. “INN-Reach represents one of the core services in our consortium and is strengthened by the addition of a new API that will allow Polaris to directly join the system. This allows patrons to easily discover and request materials, while supporting many of our auxiliary programs for both academic and public libraries.”

Additionally, changes to the local catalog are automatically and immediately reflected in the INN-Reach system without any additional effort. Circulation activities use the same functionality and workflows as local Polaris circulation and are tightly integrated within all facets of circulation management and administration features. These developments will have a noticeable effect on staff efficiencies and workflows, as well as their bottom line.

“INN-Reach takes resource sharing to the next level with a proven solution that significantly increases the number of materials available to patrons and is the most streamlined, automated system on the market today,” said Leif Pedersen, Executive Vice President at Innovative. “We believe this integration will have a tremendous impact on our Polaris library partners, just as it benefits those using Sierra and Millennium.”

For more information on the value of INN-Reach for Innovative library partners, visit the Innovative website.

About Innovative
Innovative ( provides leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of library automation products on the market today, serving academic, public, national, corporate, and special libraries, and consortia. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative has a global presence – serving thousands of libraries in 66 countries and offices worldwide.