EBSCO FOLIO is an open source library services platform that integrates print and electronic resource management; it includes core library management functionality, is built on a modern architecture to ensure continuous innovation and supports the integration of applications from third-party providers. EBSCO and our partners worldwide provide implementation, hosting and support for FOLIO.

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EBSCO FOLIO supports core library management functionality across domains including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions and electronic resource management. The EBSCO FOLIO functionality is comprised of apps, which support the various tasks within each domain. Because the platform uses smaller, modular apps, libraries benefit from easier updates and from faster development.

Libraries that choose EBSCO FOLIO, enjoy additional value-added functionality. This functionality includes integrations with the EBSCO Knowledge Base for electronic resource management, analytics, usage reports, discovery, serials and book ordering.

With EBSCO FOLIO, libraries also enjoy world-class implementation, hosting and support services from EBSCO and its partners worldwide. Our team has years of experience managing library-scale applications and services. EBSCO FOLIO means libraries can implement open source without worrying about support or hiring additional technical staff.

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EBSCO FOLIO features

EBSCO FOLIO integrates print and electronic resource management; it includes core library management functionality and apps from third-party providers such as archiving and preservation. EBSCO FOLIO features an easy to use web-based user interface. EBSCO FOLIO thereby offers fully open APIs.

  • Electronic Resources Management (ERM) that includes agreements, licenses, holdings management, orders and renewals and the integration with the EBSCO Knowledge Base
  • Integration with EBSCO Discovery Service including support for patron functionality as well as support for VuFind and Blacklight. EBSCO FOLIO thereby supports the Full Text Finder OpenURL link resolver.
  • Acquisitions functionality that includes flexible fund management, orders, invoicing, organizations, receiving and integration with the catalog
  • Inventory management for the catalog and MARC editing
  • List management with the most flexible import and export tools available
  • Flexible notes and tagging
  • Course reserves
  • Full and flexible circulation functionality including requests
  • Full user management
  • EBSCO Analytics and reporting
  • Integration with GOBI and EBSCONET
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Industry Standards

EBSCO FOLIO is based on industry standards including OAI-PMH, SIP2, NCIP, Unicode and support for Shibboleth. Other standards and environments will be supported in the near future including Z39.50, ISO ILL (ISO 10160/10161), INN-Reach, and off-site storage.

EBSCO FOLIO is open source developed and licensed under an Apache 2 license.

The FOLIO Principles

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Built for innovation

By using an open source micro-services architecture, the FOLIO platform allows for the development and enhancement of apps by different teams from different libraries or service providers. The library and/or third-party developers of the library’s choosing can add new or enhanced functionality to existing apps within for example circulation, acquisitions or cataloging.

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Open throughout

The FOLIO platform is interoperable and includes APIs to support external functions providing the library more control over the systems and services that it will use now and in the future. APIs in FOLIO are open for use by service providers of the library’s choosing.

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FOLIO is community-based, developed as an open source platform for and by librarians. Anyone can participate in the FOLIO community at a level of their choosing by simply staying abreast of FOLIO updates; commenting on FOLIO developments; joining a Special Interest Group (SIG) to contribute functional expertise; contribute developers; or work with EBSCO for all your EBSCO FOLIO needs.

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