Libraries around the world are beginning to implement FOLIO, the open source Library Services Platform, as it approaches a named release that signals a significant achievement in the development of initial apps, features and functionality. Read the press release here.

Durham NC – January 22, 2020 – The Duke University Libraries (Duke)  has selected Index Data as its implementation and hosting partner for its adoption of the FOLIO Library Services Platform, planned for Summer 2020. Duke plans to initially implement ERM functionality in FOLIO to be followed in 2021 with a full implementation.

FOLIO (an acronym for the Future Of Libraries Is Open) is an open source project that reimagines library software through a unique collaboration of libraries, developers and vendors. Both Duke and Index Data have been key members of the FOLIO community since its inception. FOLIO moves beyond the traditional library management system to a new paradigm, where apps are built on an open platform, providing libraries more choice and delivering new services to users.

Tim McGeary, Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Technology at Duke University Libraries said “We are excited to partner with Index Data for the implementation, hosting and support of FOLIO at Duke. Their team has been instrumental in the development of FOLIO and when we evaluated FOLIO service options, we were impressed with the depth and flexibility of Index Data’s offerings”.

Lynn Bailey, CEO of Index Data, is enthusiastic. “It is very rewarding to see the investment we’ve made in developing a portfolio of customizable service options being so well received.” She continued, “It’s all the more fulfilling that we’re able to work with such a prestigious institution as Duke, who, like us, is deeply committed to the success of FOLIO”.

The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of Duke’s intellectual life. The William R. Perkins Library, Bostock Library, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and von der Heyden Pavilion comprise the university’s main library complex, which is joined on East Campus by the Lilly and Music Libraries, and by the Pearse Memorial Library at the Duke Marine Lab. Together with the separately administered libraries serving the schools of Business, Divinity, Law, and Medicine, they comprise one of the nation’s top 10 private research library systems. Collections include more than 7.4 million volumes, 20 million manuscripts, tens of thousands of films and videos, and hundreds of thousands of digitized materials.

Index Data has been the lead architect and developer for FOLIO since its inception. As a software company specializing in creating innovative products and tools for the library ecosystem for 25 years, it prides itself on delivering, hosting and supporting manageable, scalable, high-performing software to address complex challenges. Index Data offers a range of FOLIO services from software support to hosting to migration services to custom app development. Learn more at, or contact Mike Gorrell, Director, at

Index Data LLC
One Boston Place, Suite 2600
Boston, MA  02108

Duke University Libraries
411 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708

On Monday, March 4, CEO Lynn Bailey, along with Tania Hewes Fersenheim from MIT Libraries, Jesse Koennecke from Cornell Universiy, Andrew Nagy from EBSCO, and Kevin Kidd from Wentworth Institute of Technology, will be speaking on “Pioneering new models for Library/Vendor Partnerships with the FOLIO project” at the Electronic Resources and Libraries 14th Annual Conference.

Index Data co-founder Sebastian Hammer is joined by Michael Winkler (managing director, OLE partners) and Christopher Spalding (vice president of open source platforms and communities, EBSCO) for a Year-in-Review webinar of the FOLIO Project.  Registration is open for the live webinar on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 11:00am Eastern U.S. time.  If the webinar is full – and to watch the recording after Wednesday – go to the Open Library Foundation YouTube channel.

Last year’s Year-in-Review is one of the project’s most watched videos, and this year promises to be the same.


As the calendar turned to a new year, we took the opportunity to reflect on the state of FOLIO today.

The Index Data team members are excited to have jumpstarted this open source effort, and the numbers tell a story of a growing and highly engaged community.

FOLIO Community


FOLIO community adoption


To get beyond the numbers, we asked some of the project leaders to share their thoughts on where FOLIO is today and where it’s going.

The 5-minute version

You can watch the entire interview here.

2017 was a year of remarkable progress for FOLIO, and we have good reasons to believe that 2018 will be even more exciting!  Index Data is eager to engage with the community and be at the forefront of welcoming new participants to the FOLIO project.