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LYRASIS was created in 2009 from the merger of SOLINET and PALINET, two of the strongest and most successful library networks in the United States. NELINET, the New England library network, also merged into LYRASIS in late 2009. In January 2011 the Bibliographical Center for Research, Denver, CO (BCR) phased out operations and joined LYRASIS. 
LYRASIS partners with member libraries, archives and museums and other cultural heritage organizations to create, access and manage information with an emphasis on digital content, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing operations and technology, and increasing buying power. Through LYRASIS Digital, we partner with member organizations to enrich, expand, create, host, support, manage and share their important, and often unique, collections.
A non-profit membership organization, LYRASIS was established in April 2009 with a collective history of legacy networks that dates back to 1936. LYRASIS continues its mission of supporting information professionals by offering creative solutions and increased savings opportunities.
With a diverse membership and large in scale, LYRASIS works closely with library and cultural heritage organization professionals and their staff to build and maintain valued relationships, making frequent connections with site visits, conferences and e-communications.
Inspired by the constellation of “Lyra,” one of the galaxy's brightest stars and guiding lights, and the suffix, “sis” which denotes a process of change, the LYRASIS name reflects our objective to collaborate with information professionals and to provide guidance and support to them and their institutions as they serve their communities.