Today, more than ever, library success means continuously re-defining and providing meaningful and memorable interactions with your patrons and students. Every time. Everywhere. At Innovative, we understand this. And we use it as our guiding principle to develop and maintain a vision we call the Innovative Open Library Experience.

From an open philosophy in our partnerships to our open technical approach, we aim to provide an environment that is personalized, collaborative and sustainable.

That means we take care to make library staff and user preferences a top priority. We strive to support better workflows in order to increase engagement with patrons and students. And we encourage everyone to share, whether its physical community space, resources across a library network, or through open APIs and third-party products.

We believe in providing information and tools that users and staff can trust to remain relevant well in the future. Because at the end of the day, your long-standing library success is, and will always be, our ultimate goal.


What does an Open Library Experience mean for you?

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Our History

See how we’ve grown our company over the years, making critical decisions to spark innovation and better serve you today and in the future.


Founded in Berkeley, CA


Release of INNOPAC, the first integrated library system (ILS)


Launch of Millennium

CSDirect is launched

Creation of INN-Reach resource sharing system

Purchase of SLS Information Systems of Great Britain


Development of Encore brings collections of all kinds together in a single search

First to market with an Electronic Resources Management tool integrated with an ILS


Sierra is released


Acquisition of Polaris Library Systems (March) and VTLS (June)


Innovative has more than 2,400 library systems installed in 9,500 libraries, spanning the globe in 66 countries.

Executive Leadership

As a company, we’re focused on helping our library partners address the challenges of a changing market and capitalize on opportunities that accelerate the library value proposition in the communities they serve. We recognize this task requires outstanding leadership at all levels of the organization, and we are well positioned for success. Invigorated by this transformation into an Enterprise Class Library Solutions Company, Innovative remains a business propelled at all levels by individuals who are passionate about pushing the envelope of library technology for staff and patrons with one goal in mind:  Creating the Future Library.

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Strategic Partnerships

Innovative embraces openness, both in our products and in our approach to the library community. As your technology partner, we seek the best solutions wherever they may be found, including in collaboration with other companies.

Whether it’s Sierra’s open API integrations, Encore’s deep content presentations, SkyRiver’s shelf-ready cataloging, or Resource Sharing eMaterials options, Innovative’s strategic corporate partnerships have been made for your libraries.

If you are interested in exploring a partnership with Innovative, please contact us.

3M Academic Book Center AdLibris Ambassador Book Service Askews Library Services Baker & Taylor Basch Bibliotheca Blackwell's Bokhandel AB Book Wholesalers, Inc Bowker Brodart Books & Library Services Carswell ChiliFresh Comprise Technologies Coutts D.A. Information Services Dawson Books Eastern Book Service EBSCO Information Services Emery Pratt Encyclopedia Britannica EnvisionWare H.W. Wilson Harrassowitz Hein Ingram James Bennett Pty. Ltd Japan Publications, Ltd Libramation Library Services Software Libreria Nardecchia srl Majors Scientific Mathews Medical Books/Matthews Book Company McGregor Books Midwest Library Service Midwest Tape netLibrary OverDrive Puvill Libros S.A Quality Books Inc./Paperbacks R.R. Bowker Real Read Swets Blackwell Syndetic Solutions Unique Management Services WT.Cox Subscriptions Yankee Book Peddler Zepheira

Are You Innovative?

Innovative promotes a culture of high performance and accountability, hiring dedicated, hardworking candidates who want to join in our success.

Being Innovative means being collaborative, accountable, and client-focused, with a willingness to come through for customers and your team members no matter the challenge, while adding to the excitement of fulfilling the company’s mission. If you are among the “best and brightest,” with a genuine passion for libraries and the role they are playing in their communities, you may be Innovative too!

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