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 for libraries internationally. Subsidiaries in Austria and France represent engagement in Europe. Through collaboration with renowned partners, the company is promoting future-oriented innovations in the world of libraries, delivering the best possible results for its clients. This is why the ekz Group includes not only the RFID specialists EasyCheck GmbH & Co. KG and Autocheck Systems B.V. for the Benelux countries, but also NORIS Transportverpackung GmbH. divibib GmbH with its successful lending platform Onleihe has established digital branches of libraries. 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, making use of reviewing and cataloguing services, processing of media ready for loan, standing orders and web-based transactions. ekz provides a complete library equipment service, it develops and sells furniture, technical equipment 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.