ProQuest has acquired ebrary. The agreement will combine the companies' technologies and add a quarter of a million ebooks to ProQuest's content offerings. The combined collection will enable users to search across multiple formats, including books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, and video.
ProQuest plans to focus on ebrary's products and services for the academic, corporate, and public library markets including Academic Complete, the company's flagship product. Academic Complete provides multiuser access to more than 52,000 titles. ProQuest will also expand ebrary's selection of research tools and its ability to support new ebook devices; it also plans to broaden language coverage to include Chinese and Arabic. It plans to index ebrary content to offer the ability to search materials along with its own research content.
ebrary founders Christopher Warnock and Kevin Sayar will continue to lead the business in its Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters.