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FormationApril 2009; 15 years ago (2009-04)
Legal statusNon-profit
FieldsLibrary and cultural heritage
John Wilkin

Lyrasis is a non-profit member organization serving and supporting libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations around the world. Lyrasis is based in the United States. It was created in April 2009 from the merger of SOLINET and PALINET, two US-based library networks.[1] NELINET, the New England library network, also merged into Lyrasis in late 2009.[2] In January 2011, the Bibliographical Center for Research phased out operations and joined Lyrasis.[3][4]


Lyrasis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.[5]

Lyrasis has[when?] more than 1,000 members in 28 countries. Lyrasis is[when?] staffed by more than 50 individuals and the company has three main areas of focus: community supported/open source software; technology hosting services; content creation and acquisition.[citation needed] Lyrasis also offers consulting services.[citation needed] Members of Lyrasis include academic, public, special, school, and state libraries, as well as archives and museums.[6]

Kate Nevins was the Executive Director of Lyrasis from 2009 until her retirement in 2015.[7] Robert Miller assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in June 2015.[8]

In January 2019 Lyrasis and DuraSpace announced their intention to merge.[9] This is the second time the two organizations have planned a merger.[10]

Since 2013[citation needed][11] Lyrasis has supported a number of open source software efforts, including DSpace.


  1. ^ Today, Information (2009-04-09). "Lyrasis Launches, Formed From Merger of PALINET and SOLINET". newsbreaks.infotoday.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  2. ^ Library Journal, Newly Created Lyrasis Now Set To Add NELINET Archived 2010-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ McCook, Kathleen de la Peña (2011). Introduction to Public Librarianship, p. 303.
  4. ^ BCR (2010). "BCR Closed."
  5. ^ "About LYRASIS". www.lyrasis.org. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  6. ^ "LYRASIS | ICOLC Website". icolc.net. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  7. ^ Price, Gary. "Kate Nevins, LYRASIS Executive Director, Will Retire at the End of June 2015". LJ infoDOCKET. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  8. ^ Price, Gary (2015-05-08). "Robert Miller Leaves Internet Archive to Become New CEO of LYRASIS". LJ InfoDocket. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  9. ^ "Amplifying Impact: LYRASIS and DuraSpace Announce Intent to Merge". Duraspace.org. 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  10. ^ Enis, Matt. "LYRASIS, DuraSpace Leaders Discuss Dissolved Merger". The Library Journal. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  11. ^ "LYRASIS Press Release: LYRASIS Receives $100,000 IMLS Grant for Open Source Sustainability Forum". myemail.constantcontact.com. Retrieved 2019-07-01.