As the leading library company and full-service provider in the German-speaking world, ekz bibliotheksservice GmbH is the co-creator of and innovative brains behind the industry. Equipment, media, training and consultancy – ekz offers it all under one roof. Working closely with its customers, the company develops inspirational practical products and services to ensure that libraries are perfectly prepared for the tasks and challenges of today and tomorrow.
ekz was founded in 1947 on the initiative of librarians as a commercial enterprise of local authorities. Today, more than a third of public owners, together with ekz management personnel as partners, support the mission of ekz to provide comprehensive high-quality solutions for libraries.
ekz works with libraries worldwide. Subsidiaries in Austria and France constitute our commitment in Europe. By working collaboratively with well-known global partners, the company promotes innovations for the library world that are fit for the future, and so achieves the best possible results for its customers. This is the reason why EasyCheck GmbH & Co. KG (RFID specialists) and NORIS Transportverpackung GmbH belong to the ekz Group. divibib GmbH with its successful lending platform Onleihe has established digital branches of libraries, and 4Readers GmbH & Co. KG provides e-media for end-users. Among the 280 staff working in the ekz Group are architects, librarians, booksellers, designers, IT specialists, journalists, sales teams, logistics experts, as well as other specialist staff from other industries.
Libraries buy media from ekz. They use review services, cataloguing services, lending processes, standing orders and web-based business procedures. ekz provides all the furnishings and equipment libraries need, and develops and sells high-quality furniture, technology and library accessories. Comprehensive advice and consultancy in the areas of building, design, concept, management, marketing, organisation and technology form part of the core business of the company. Library development, provision of training and events, and the School+Library project complete this diverse range of services.
As part of its partnership approach, ekz is working with library associations and federations. It is a member of the Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID), the national federation of German library and information associations, and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and also sponsoring member of the Deutscher Bibliotheksverband (dbv) (German Library Association). There is close collaboration with the Berufsverband Information Bibliothek (BIB) (Professional Association of Library Information) and the dbv within the framework of co-operation on editorial matters and classification.
With its unique products and its service, ekz promotes the success of libraries in every field and of every size – visionary, collaborative, reliable.