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Library Automation Software

Library Automation software provides centralized management and process automation for public, private and school libraries. Library software enables activities such as circulation, circulation history, administration, cataloging, reporting and patron records. Library Automation applications provide integration of self-service kiosks and online web portal access for catalog search, content delivery or reservation requests and patron check-out history. They also track and automate notification of overdue books and fines.

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Libero provides you with an all-in-one cloud solution for managing your library, your collections and interactions with your users. Learn more about Libero
Knosys’ Libero – provides you with an all-in-one cloud-based solution for managing your library, your collections and interactions with your users. Renowned and valued in public, academic, corporate and special libraries, Libero is a powerful library management solution that brings all your resources together in a single system. For more than 35 years, we have successfully supported the changing needs of libraries and have empowered many major library projects. Learn more about Libero

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Smoothly automate day-to-day functions from anywhere, anytime with Surpass Cloud.
Surpass is an affordable management system for libraries of all types, including schools, public, church, museum, and corporate libraries. Whether you're automating a library for the first time or looking to upgrade an existing library management system, we're here for you! Learn more about Surpass

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Demco Software's tools like mobile apps, event management, and e-learning help libraries better serve communities.
Demco Software is software for libraries. The software helps libraries engage their communities. It has tools to make the library's resources and events findable online. It has a mobile app to access the library anywhere. It manages and promotes library events. It lets people book meeting rooms. It offers reading programs and brain training. The software aims to increase community awareness and engagement with the library. The tools help the library show its impact. Learn more about Demco

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Learning & development platform that allows mission-driven organizations to deliver impactful, ready-to-use training and track progress
Niche Academy is a turnkey learning & development solution with ready-to-use tutorials and a platform that lets mission-driven organizations deliver training and track progress anywhere. ✓ Access a full academy of continuously updated, high-impact training based on your needs and goals ✓ Create your own tutorials quickly to deliver uniform and repeatable training to the entire team ✓ Measure the value of your training with flexible reports showing overall usage and detailed learning outcomes Learn more about Niche Academy

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Web-based library management software to help single sites and districts lower costs and save time with one-point installation.
Mandarin M5 is a modern online catalog, fully web based. M5 provides access to library resources from any workstation, at the library or remotely. M5 helps single libraries, libraries with multiple sites and school districts lower costs and save time with one-point installation, maintenance and updates. Our technical support is renowned, and is available 24/7/365. Visit our M5 demonstration site today and see what the future looks like! Learn more about Mandarin

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Resource Library Software designed for Churches, Synagogues, Schools, Professionals, Corporations, and Non-profits.
Resource Library Software designed for Churches, Synagogues, Schools, Non-profits, Museums, Prisons, Professionals, Corporations, etc. "I hate to sound like a fanatic..but I am. I am so impressed with your software. Congratulations on an exceptional product and a loyal company" Janine Walters, Director, Center Point Library Learn more about ResourceMate

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Destiny Library Manager is a complete library management system that can be accessed from anywhere, 24/7.
More K-12 schools and districts use Follett Destiny Library Manager for managing their library resources than any other platform. Theres a reason why: Our solution not only allows librarians and administrators keep thorough, real-time track of a librarys inventory and media assets, but also gives students a fun means of discovery and reading. Learn more about Follett Destiny Library Manager

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Elevate library operations with user-friendly software. Ideal for schools, colleges, Churches, and public libraries. Top Recommended!
Elevate your library's efficiency with our cutting-edge software. Streamline cataloging, track circulation, and empower members with seamless access. From schools to large libraries, our customizable solution simplifies operations. Enjoy quick data import, automated fines, and robust reporting. Our user-friendly interface ensures a seamless experience. Join universities, schools, and public libraries globally in trusting CodeAchi. Unlock the future of library management today! Learn more about CodeAchi Library Management System

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Windows SQL library software that includes Circulation, Cataloging, Online Catalog (WebOPAC2), Reporting, etc., all in one package.
Having two great library software systems, G4 network suite or "In The Cloud" Hosted Internet Services both are dynamic, highly versatile, easy-to-use by all types of libraries.. Driven by Librarians who tell us what they need and wish for in a program; we include features such as "Free" Point and Click MARC record retrieval & enrichment, multi-collection capabilities even Textbook control, remote Web-based product support sessions. Full, affordable, well thought out solutions. Learn more about Genesis G4

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Alexandria library software is customizable, easy-to-use, accessible from any device, WCAG/ADA compliant and comes with 24/7 support!
Alexandria's cloud-hosted library automation software empowers librarians and patrons with customizable interfaces, MARC record management, SIS integrations and WCAG/ADA compliance. Access your catalog from any device on any browser - no apps needed! Plus, with 24/7 customer support, we're here for you every step of the way. Alexandria is a powerful library automation solution with over 10,000 users, developed to accommodate the needs of every library - no matter the size or configuration. Learn more about Alexandria

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Integrated library system that saves you time and money while making it easy to manage your entire library collection and circulation.
Evolve ILS and it's mobile app are used in libraries of varying sizes, from 10,000 to 200,000 holdings. The Evolve Library Management System is a state-of-the-art integrated library system that saves you time and money while making it easy to manage your entire library collection and circulation. Designed for use in public, school, academic and special libraries, Evolve quickly and easily handles your daily activities while freeing up staff to serve your patrons with other valuable services. Learn more about Evolve Library

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Storetraffic's cloud-based, all-in-one Patron Counting Analytics Software turns visitor data into powerful insights.
SMS Storetraffic's automated Patron Counting solutions include our powerful cloud-based platform & app to analyze visitor trends. Access your patron count data, real-time occupancy, and all your KPIs from anywhere at any time. Our T.M.A.S. analytics software allows you to optimize operations, increase fundings and provide a better experience. You can even analyze attendance at special events, thanks to our smart events reporting. SMS Storetraffic offers a 10% discount to libraries. Learn more about T.M.A.S.

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Designed specifically for schools, providing a digitally rich, engaging experience to promote student success.
Oliver v5 library management software offers a digital rich, engaging experience for the entire school community. As a fully web based solution it can be accessed from any desktop or tablet device, allowing students to discover library & learning resources 24/7 in school, from home or on the go. Easy to use functionality such as smart cataloguing saves school libraries hours of resource time. Intuitive search, drag & drop, advanced integration & quality support is what makes users love Oliver v5 Learn more about Oliver v5

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Handy Library Manager is an affordable and easy-to-use Windows software designed for small and medium libraries.
Handy Library Manager is an affordable and easy-to-use library software designed for a small church, school, small public, prison, museum, non-profit, business, and private libraries. The basic license lets you explore all library features, members will have full access to OPAC, and the software will not limit the number of items or borrowers you would like to enter. There is only one time payment. The software installs on Windows desktop or server computer. Learn more about Handy Library Manager

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Integrated library management system which helps institutions with acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, outreach and reporting.
SirsiDynix Symphony is the most complete and customizable integrated library system available to libraries of all types and sizes today. SirsiDynix Symphony offers library management tools that increase productivity, help identify opportunities for cost savings, and give libraries insights that will improve the end user experience. Thanks to its flexible architecture, Symphony easily accommodates new technologies and evolves as necessary to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users. Learn more about SirsiDynix Symphony

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Open-source integrated library automation systems steered by a growing community of libraries to achieve their goals.
Koha sets the standard for open-source integrated library automation systems. In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's impressive feature set continues to evolve to meet the needs of its user-base. Koha offers a fourth-generation web-based OPAC, circ, and management interfaces, full MARC21 and UNIMARC support, branch transfers, self-checkout, and integrated Z39.50 server for resource sharing. Learn more about Koha ILS

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Complete library automation system for schools, public, academic, specialty and professional libraries. Flexible and configurable!
The Insignia Library System is a full-featured library system. It is web-based with simple point-and-click navigation; the system is easy and fun for library patrons and staff. The Insignia Library Automation System is designed with a consistent, intuitive interface. You can explore the entire system with just a few mouse clicks, yet behind the simple interface lies a powerful database engine capable of maintaining millions of records. Learn more about Insignia Library System

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
LITTERA is a library management software that helps organize literature and learning materials.
LITTERA is a solution that provides innovative tools for archive, library, and literature management. The software offers a suite of products to help organizations manage literature resources, including library management, learning resource management, barcode services, and reading data exchange. Key capabilities include browser-based and mobile access to efficiently organize and access resources, RDA cataloging to optimize metadata, and tools to effectively manage learning resources. LITTERA aims to support schools, libraries, and other organizations in streamlining literature management. The software solution provides the capabilities needed to simplify resource organization and access. Learn more about LITTERA

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Cloud-based solution that enables businesses to manage digital resources, import/export data, generate custom reports and more.
Liberty is a versatile and engaging knowledge, content and library management system. It is one of the most functional rich and customisable solutions available across the world. It provides a platform for the discovery and delivery of traditional and digital resources, offering anywhere, anytime e-content on modern mobile devices. Liberty is a cost effective partner for time poor library staff to increase workflow efficiencies and provide value added services to library users. Learn more about Liberty

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Integrated library automation, content, knowledge management, and global ASP hosting for special libraries.
FOR SPECIAL LIBRARIES: A library automation system,. EOS.Web provides: easy to use screens for library staff & end-users; workflow process improvements; digital and traditional collection management; easy indexing, abstracting and classification; support for development of custom taxonomies; easier access to media & associated metadata; seamless module navigation; customizable reports in PDF, Rich Text, MS Word/ Excel. Available in English, Spanish, French & Italian. Learn more about EOS.Web

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Auto Librarian Cloud is a complete web-based library management program at a reasonable cost. 2 tiered access for patron/admin access.
The new Auto Librarian Cloud is light weight and super fast. Catalog search capabilities enable all categories to be searched simultaneously. Intuitive Menu Tab System for quick access to any menu option. Speedy Circulation Tab for efficient checkouts, checkins and fines. Material/Patron grids allow for multiple levels of search and are paged instantly. All levels of reports for materials, circulation and patrons. Settings area gives complete admin flexibility. Secure SSL connection. Learn more about Auto Librarian

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
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Integrated library management for schools designed for a modern learning environment - including cloud-hosted or local network deploy.
Accessit Library is often described as the best integrated library management system in the market for K-12 & specialist libraries. Includes anywhere, anytime access. Users can discover local resources (physical & electronic), and at the same time search across EBSCO, GALE, Britannica and more - all in a single search. Use Accessit to manage library, websites, online digital content, ebooks, video resources, inventory, teacher resources, and archives. Contact us for a live presentation. Learn more about Accessit Library

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Simple Little Library System is very affordable library software with flexible pricing. You buy only what you need, when you need it.
Library automation system designed by a library consultant for libraries in schools, colleges, private libraries, law firms, church libraries & specialist libraries. Start with the catalogue & add functionality, users & more capacity as required. SaaS in the cloud or on your servers. Subscription includes set-up, licences, technical support, updates & 24/7 help center. Free 30 day trial, no credit card required. Additional modules includes web OPAC, for users, circulation, finance & serials. Learn more about Simple Little Library System

Features

  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
ByWater offers the highest level of implementation, support, hosting, development and training for the Koha Open Source ILS
Koha is the first free software library automation package. In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of users collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Kohais a Full-featured ILS in use worldwide in libraries of all sizes, Koha is a true enterprise-class ILS with comprehensive functionality including basic and advanced options. Koha includes modules for acquisitions, circulation, cataloging, serials, authorities, flexible reporting, label printing and much more. Learn more about Koha

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog
Lucidea's integrated library systems deliver efficiency, innovation, integration and access, for one-stop info/knowledge management.
SydneyEnterprise and GeniePlus are purpose-built to deliver cost-effective integrated library system and knowledge management capabilities. Lucidea offers the first ILS developed from the ground up with knowledge management in mind. Both applications are flexible and multifunctional, delivering traditional library services to global and/or mobile users, with KM power to fully leverage online subscriptions, third party search engines, and internal knowledge repositories. Learn more about Lucidea Integrated Library Systems

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  • Circulation Management
  • Patron Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Serials Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Online Catalog

Library Automation Software Buyers Guide

What is library automation software?

Library automation software helps schools, colleges, public, and private libraries with activities including book handling, title acquisition, catalog building, indexing, and circulation. This software automates core library operations that are repetitive in nature and allows librarians to search for titles in a central book record, assign unique serial numbers to titles, categorize books, and keep track of title location within the library system. Library automation system also monitors overdue books, calculates fees for late returns, and maintains records of revenue generated by subscriptions, fines, penalties, and memberships. 

The benefits of library automation software

  • Modernizing library activities: Present-day libraries often manage huge collections of titles and resources. Manual management methods are unrealistic in this digital age, and library automation system replaces past methods (e.g., card catalogs, physical due date cards) of catalog management. By managing an unlimited amount of book records and streamlining data entry and tracking, libraries and their staff members have effectively modernized through the use of such systems.
  • Error-free data entry/title tracking: Library automation software uses RFID scanners to log books in and out while capturing patron details, saving librarians from manually entering this information and preventing errors during data entry.
  • Mobile access: Popular library automation software systems offer mobile apps for both patrons and staff members. Patrons can easily search the library catalog, submit hold requests, and access available digital resources at any time from their smartphones. 

Typical features of library automation software

  • Barcoding / RFID: Use RFID and barcode technologies to manage checkouts and returns, tagging, shelf management, and anti-theft detection.
  • Catalog management: Maintain a catalog of library resources (e.g., books, journals, and newsletters).
  • Search: Allow users to search the library catalog and find information such as book availability and location.
  • Self checkouts and check-ins: Allow users to check out and return library items using library computers and/or dedicated kiosks. 
  • Serial and circulation management: Generate unique ID numbers (or tags) for all library content and patrons, and track the status and location of library resources. 

Considerations when purchasing library automation software

  • Ease-of-use paired with great support offerings. It can be difficult for any non-technical user to learn a new software's interface, features, and functionalities. Before making a purchase, libraries should ensure that the system they choose has a short learning curve backed by quality support that is ready to help their team whenever they're stuck or unable to resolve issues on their own.
  • Trials/Demos. Before purchasing a library automation system, you should test the software to ensure it adequately meets your needs. After you test a few different library automation tools, you can make a better, more informed decision about which system is right for your library.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) will improve patron experience : AI is making waves in various markets, and while it has not yet made a significant impact in the library sphere, some library automation system software are being improved by AI applications. Artificial intelligence within library automation software can improve patron experiences by tracking data around their book and author preferences, average reading time, and more, and make recommendations for future content. This data will help libraries identify popular books, authors, categories, and publications to cater their catalogs to their patrons, and maximize their limited funds. 
  • Shift from on-premise to cloud-based library automation system software: Many libraries have begun shifting from traditional, on-premise software development that historically required heavy IT investments to a more flexible, cost-effective, cloud-based model. Expect this trend to continue in the coming years as even more libraries seek to cut costs and free staff up to focus on patrons.