For over sixty years libraries have been able to turn to Brodart
Co. for everything from furniture to electronic ordering systems.
In many respects it is also an international company, serving libraries
from the Northwest Territories to the Pacific Rim, with facilities
in the United States and Canada. Its rich history has led it to
become a truly full service library supply company.
The Automation Division
focuses its efforts on the latest computer technology and how it
can be used to improve library services. The division offers a complete
range of automation services and software from retrospective conversion
to interlibrary loan. Libraries of all sizes including small school
and large metropolitan libraries can choose from a variety of automation
services to suit their specific needs.
The Books Services Division is one of the world's largest
suppliers of books to libraries. However, books are just the beginning.
The Books Services Division offers dozens of ways for a library
to save time and money while providing the most current collection
to their patrons.
The Custom Library Furniture Division manufactures fine,
solid furniture for libraries. Although styles and choices may vary
greatly, each piece is meticulously crafted for many years of dependable
use. The Furniture Division builds furniture for circulation areas,
children's rooms, and computer terminals as well as hundred of other
The Supplies & Furnishings Division provides a multitude
of products to keep any library, large or small, running smoothly.
The Brodart supply catalog lists thousands of items from book binding
tape to globes to computer supplies.
The seeds of Brodart Co. began in 1939 when a young Columbia University
student named Arthur Brody invented the plastic book jacket cover.
Mr. Brody did a lot of architectural photography as a student, and
one day washed the emulsion off some film and folded it around some
books for added protection. When the covers' popularity grew among
his fellow students, the plastic book jacket cover was officially
born. Today, the covers are used to protect the original paper jackets
of library books, giving them a longer shelf life and increasing
their circulation. This innovation, in turn, gave birth to Brodart
The Company continued to flourish, and in 1954 began manufacturing
a complete line of furniture. Expert workmanship has allowed Brodart
to expand and diversify this product line, and today Brodart's library
furniture is sold to schools, universities, and libraries worldwide.
In the 1950's Brodart Co. expanded into book distribution. The
Company now offers libraries and schools books from over 20,000
publishers, and stocks its warehouse with over 225,000 titles and
2,000,000 books. Many of these books are shipped to libraries completely
shelf-ready--fully cataloged and processed with borrowers' cards,
spine labels and barcodes already in place. These additional services,
pioneered exclusively by Brodart, greatly reduce a librarian's workload.
An impressive half century has passed since the Company was founded.
This accomplishment is due in large part to Mr. Brody, now Chairman
of the Board, who still guides the company, and to the Employees
of Brodart. As professionals, these employees never accept a mediocre
solution to a customer's needs and continually strive to provide
libraries with the best possible service and products.