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Open Library Environment

Overview of OLE

Open Library Environment (OLE) - An Extensible Service-Driven Library Management System

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Kuali OLE is the first system designed by and for academic and research libraries for managing and delivering intellectual information.

OLE is People.  Built with a governance model, every partner has a seat at the table and a say in what OLE will offer.

OLE is Community.  OLE delivers an enterprise-ready, community-source software package to manage and provide access not only to items in your collection but also to licensed and local digital content.

OLE is Collaboration.  Large and small, consortia and single universities, in the US and overseas. OLE is comprised of over 10 unique partners working together and supporting each other to create enterprise level software.

Core Values

  • OLE is committed to developing an open source, community directed library management system that is freely available for implementation by libraries and consortia;
  • OLE is committed to building an innovative next generation technology environment that leverages integration with university enterprise systems and external vendor systems;
  • OLE is committed to re-examine library business operations and develop new workflows that reflect the changing nature of library materials and new approaches to serving scholarly research;
  • OLE is committed to building an inclusive partnership focused on financial support, collaborative functional and technical design, software development, and support for OLE implementers.


  • Built, owned, governed by the academic and research library community
  • Supports a wide range of resources and formats of scholarly information
  • Interoperates & integrates with other enterprise and network-based systems
  • Supports federation across projects, partners, consortia, and institutions
  • Provides workflow design & management capabilities
  • Provides information management capabilities to non-library efforts
  • See the functionality by modules page for additional information on OLE’s features

Project Funding

The Kuali OLE Project is made possible by generous contributions of the Kuali OLE Partners.  Grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported the planning and initial development phases of the Kuali OLE Project.   Thanks to the support of the OLE Partners and the Mellon Foundation, OLE released its initial production version in 2014.


Test Drive or Download

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