Innovative library service thanks to FOLIO

IU launches live operation of the FOLIO library service platform


IU International University of Applied Sciences is now using the open source library service platform based on EBSCO's FOLIO services.

November 9, 2023. Germany’s IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) has successfully adopted the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) with implementation support from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), making it the first and largest in the country to adopt the LSP using hosting and support through EBSCO FOLIO Services. 

IU pursues the goal of providing people around the world with access to personalised education in order to grow personally and create more educational equality. Thanks to the use of digital as well as state-of-the-art AI solutions, students can further their education anytime, anywhere. 

EBSCO FOLIO will share in this mission to foster inclusive, global, and accessible education by providing streamlined and innovative workflow solutions to help IU evolve to ever-changing patron needs. 

IU International University of Applied Sciences’ Director of Library and Information Services, Ulrike Wunder, says FOLIO’s open, innovative technology integrates perfectly into the existing, multi-faceted library infrastructure and provides them with the tools they will need as the Library and Information Services of the future. “By incorporating FOLIO into our existing digital library, we can guarantee a smooth integration into the university's own infrastructure and use it according to our wishes and requirements. The IU Library combines and supports the outstanding expertise of its staff with intelligently deployed technology. With its open system and broad community working on its development, FOLIO provides flexibility and all opportunities for further expansion of innovation in Library and Information Services. With FOLIO, we are delighted to now have access to a dashboard that enables us to make clear, fact-based decisions through data analysis.” 

EBSCO Information Services’ Vice President of Sales for Dutch-speaking and German-speaking Europe, Fred Wiltenburg, says FOLIO’s global expansion opens doors to libraries worldwide. “FOLIO’s growing international community works to create solutions that can benefit diverse libraries with varying workflow scenarios. This fundamentally collaborative and transparent community puts the power back into the libraries’ hands, providing innovative liberty to create the solutions they need.” 

In addition to EBSCO FOLIO, IU International University of Applied Sciences will utilise EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), Full Text Finder, OpenAthens, and a variety of Full-Text Databases and EBSCO eBooks™ to support the full spectrum of workflow needs of the library of IU International University of Applied Sciences and the research of the end users. 

About EBSCO Information Services 

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is a leading provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school, and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. From research, acquisition management, subscription services and discovery to clinical decision support and patient care, learning, and research and development, EBSCO provides institutions with access to content and resources to serve the information and workflow needs of their users and organizations. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com

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Erica Gilson 
Senior Communications Specialist 



With over 130,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognised educational institution with its headquarters in Erfurt began operations in 2000 and is now represented in more than 35 German cities. Students from over 190 nations design their studies according to their needs: whether practice-integrated dual studies, flexible distance learning or individual “myStudium”, which combines online self-study and campus life. IU wants to give people worldwide access to personalised education for a fulfilled and self-determined life. In more than 250 bachelor's, master's and MBA programmes, including over 50 in English, IU teaches students key skills relevant to the future. A digitally supported learning environment and the use of AI solutions help students to achieve optimal learning results and experiences. IU is one of the first universities in the world to have developed and deployed its own AI-supported learning buddy. IU cooperates with over 15,000 companies and supports them in the academic training of professionals. Partners include Motel One, Vodafone, AWO and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at: iu.org

The AI-supported learning buddy "Syntea" is now available as a public demo version in the ChatGPT store at the following link: https://chat.openai.com/g/g-P5olqoCPc-syntea