One day in 1939, a young Columbia University student named Arthur Brody washed the emulsion off of some film, folded it around his books to protect them — and the book jacket cover was born. Mr. Brody went on to found Brodart, and the book jackets he invented are widely used in library settings to this day. The covers have been extending shelf life of books for 80 years and counting. The library industry would not be the same without this marvelous invention.

The success of those covers led to substantial growth over eight decades, as Brodart expanded to offer library services (like cataloging, collection development, and McNaughton book leasing), everyday library supplies and equipment (from genre labels, to book trucks, and more), and custom-manufactured furniture — all designed to help libraries serve their patrons more effectively.

Unlike other vendors, Brodart caters its efforts exclusively to libraries. This allows us to dedicate all our passion to helping meet librarians' unique needs. We are large enough to supply products and services essential to everyday library life, but small enough to focus exclusively on the individuality of every customer.

In short, Brodart knows libraries.

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