Company Description

Follett Corporation is a leading global source of educational solutions, services, and products to the academic community. The company is headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, and has been instrumental in shaping the educational landscape through its dedication to supporting learning and growth.


Follett Corporation was founded by Charles M. Barnes in 1873 in his mother's home in Wheaton, Illinois. Initially, the company was a bookstore that sold used books. In 1901, Charles's son William ran the business and renamed it Wilcox & Follett. The company grew under his leadership, and it began to focus more on the educational sector.

The company expanded its services to include new technologies, libraries, and other educational materials. By the mid-20th century, the company was involved in various aspects of the educational infrastructure, from developing and distributing textbooks to managing university and K-12 school libraries.

Map Location