December 2nd 2004. The public libraries in the municipalities of Dongen, Drimmelen, Geertruidenberg, Gilze-Rijen and Oosterhout in the Netherlands will merge as from January 1st, 2005, into the library consortium called Theek 5. This new organisation has a population of around 155,000 inhabitants and will consist of 12 branches. Even before the merger, the customers are benefiting from their cooperation, as since November 5th the new organisation has already started using Vubis Smart. Customers can borrow and hand in their materials anywhere in the area of the consortium and three times a week materials are transported throughout the Theek 5 area. Most people think of the signing of a contract as being a simple arrangement, with the complexity of a new consortium the ‘signing' of this contract produced some interesting statistics: -It required 820 signatures to be delivered to the notary (several pieces had to delivered 10 times, with 1 signature from every member of the board). Then add 335 signatures from municipal officials, library boards etc. for the covenant, which makes a total of 1,155 signatures. Quite a signing!