In addition to bibliographic records, one for each book or publication, LIBRIS also contains an authority file
of people. For each person there is a record connecting name, birth and occupation with a unique identifier.
The development of LIBRIS can be traced to the mid-1960s.
While rationalization of libraries had been an issue for two decades after World War II, it was in 1965 that a government committee published a report on the use of computers in research libraries.
The government budget of 1965 created a research library council (Forskningsbiblioteksrådet
A preliminary design document, Biblioteksadministrativt Information System (BAIS)
was published in May 1970, and the name LIBRIS, short for Library Information System, was used for a technical subcommittee that started on 1 July 1970.
The newsletter LIBRIS-meddelanden
) has been published since 1972
and is online since 1997.