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 (BCR) phased out operations and joined LYRASIS. 
LYRASIS is the nation's largest regional membership organization serving libraries and information professionals - providing opportunities for networking and collaboration, offering innovative solutions, and significant cost savings through group purchasing for products and services. LYRASIS members now include over 4,000 member libraries and cultural heritage institutions across the US and beyond. LYRASIS serves as a critical collective voice in the national arena.
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