Brodart Company is an international products and services company that serves libraries. Brodart is made up of three divisions: Books & Automation, Contract Library Furniture, and Supplies & Furnishings. Brodart was established as Library Service in 1939, when Columbia University Electrical Engineering student Arthur Brody, the son of pharmacy owners and owners of the Bro-Delle Book Shoppe in Newark, New Jersey, invented the plastic book jacket. Brody washed the emulsion off some film and folded it around his books for added protection. The covers are used to protect the original paper jackets of books. In 1946, the companys name was changed to Bro-Dart (later revised to Brodart).