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FormationApril 2009; 14 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 whose mission is "to support enduring access to the world’s shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services,... and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities worldwide."[5] Organizational goals include: the development and selection of new technology solutions;[buzzword] fostering community-wide projects that help deliver better outcomes and services; content creation, acquisition and management; support for new content models and strategies; and large-scale knowledge management programs.[citation needed]

Lyrasis has more than 1,000 members in 28 countries. Lyrasis is 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. 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]


Community Supported Open Source Software – Lyrasis is the structural and fiscal organizational home to two open source software solutions[buzzword] that have a combined membership of over 350 institutions. This unique model allows for community-driven governance and contribution to work inside the boundaries and security of a professionally managed host organization.

Technology Hosting Services – Lyrasis oversees the hosting and migration services for over 100 institutions from community software platforms. In addition, the software engineers and program managers from Lyrasis contribute code, training and documentation to the community.

Content Creation and Acquisition – Lyrasis is responsible for the negotiation of contracts with over 80 publishers, vendors, and partnering organizations.

Consulting and Training – Lyrasis has workers who assist members in digitization, preservation, digital preservation, disaster preparedness and strategic planning.

Fiscal Services – Lyrasis assists institutions manage their annual budgets by allowing them to deposit funds for future use, protecting it from unanticipated budget adjustments.

Leader’s Circle, Leaders Forum and Catalyst Fund – More than 200 Lyrasis members are actively involved in these programs so far, engaging in early innovation exploration, cross-institution collaboration and initial vetting of ideas, services and programs. Our members work together on new ideas and trends throughout the year in informal forums. Catalyst Fund ideas submitted by members are then selected by vote of the Leaders Circle to be funded. During the annual Member Summit, Catalyst Fund recipients report on progress and members work together to consider future directions for funded projects, including expansion and potential grant or business planning.

Investments – Lyrasis works with members to submit and receive grants from foundations such as The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support ideas and programs on behalf of its members and other libraries, archives and museums who need access to these innovative programs. Furthermore, Lyrasis has reinvested proceeds from its traditional investments into potential ideas, program and solutions[buzzword] to benefit its membership.[citation needed]

Research and an Inclusive Approach to Open Access - In 2020, Lyrasis Research conducted a member survey of predominantly U.S. higher education libraries to understand the spectrum of attitudes and actions related to Open Access. The results indicated that the U.S. approach to OA is decentralised, lacking the focused trends that are apparent in other areas of the world. Only a quarter of institutions are paying for OA on behalf of 60% of students, demonstrating a major imbalance in support of OA programs. In 2021 43% of all U.S. higher education institutions at the doc-toral level are participating in OA programs through Lyrasis.[11]

Open source[edit]

Since 2013[citation needed][12] Lyrasis has supported a number of open source software efforts. Lyrasis serves as the organizational home for a number of open source communities including ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, Fedora, ORCiD, and Vivo. Additionally, Lyrasis provides hosting services, technical and user support, and code contributions for ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, DSpaceDirect, DuraCloud, Islandora and the Palace Project.


  1. ^ Today, Information (2009-04-09). "Lyrasis Launches, Formed From Merger of PALINET and SOLINET". 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". Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  6. ^ "LYRASIS | ICOLC Website". 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". 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 Research and an Inclusive Approach to Open Access in the United States". Liber Quarterly. 31 (1). February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  12. ^ "LYRASIS Press Release: LYRASIS Receives $100,000 IMLS Grant for Open Source Sustainability Forum". Retrieved 2019-07-01.