Who Uses This Software?

Organizations that need storage, organization and distribution of large image and video libraries. We empower organizations of all sizes incl Education, Sports, Travel, Gov, Manufacturing and Retail.


Average Ratings

32 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $3,999.00/year
    See pricing details
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • PhotoShelter
  • libris.photoshelter.com
  • Founded 2005
  • United States

About This Software

Libris is the simplest and fastest cloud-based digital asset management platform built for visual media. We empower teams of all sizes to store, organize, and share their photos and videos. We have over 12 years of experience managing half a billion assets in the cloud. Customers incl AP, ConocoPhillips, MLB, UNC, Visit Greenland and Pandora love the simplicity, speed and security of Libris. We provide hundreds of brands worldwide an easy way to get the most from their media library.


Features Checklist

  • Approval Process Control
  • Asset Sharing
  • Brand Control
  • Cataloging / Categorization
  • Collaboration
  • Filtered Search
  • Image Editing
  • Keyword Search
  • Metadata Management
  • Online Proofing
  • Search Within Document
  • Usage Tracking / Analytics
  • Version Control
  • Video Management
  • Watermarking

Product Reviews

Photos Made AWESOME!

Dec 10, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This software is very helpful and easy to use. My co-workers and are very grateful. This software is a must see. Go check it out for yourself!

Libris is Quality & Functionality Perfection

Nov 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The ease of use is the best part of Libris. With little to no training you can easily manage and share all your digital assets. Libris is also very competitively priced which makes it even more attractive to clients.

Libris Photoshelter

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have easily setup and moved an electronic photo catalog of over 6000 items to Libris. We moved from Portfolio and the ease of use, data backup, speed of access, ability to differently allow use and easily provide access to specific images is terrific. The cost is a little more than I wanted, but am very happy with the product and support so far.

Photo management and deployment made simple.

Oct 12, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I like the simplicity of the app. We were looking for a solution to manage our photo libraries while making them accessible to the public. It's been working great so far. We've suggested features we'd like to see added and their reps take our feedback well. great support. try em out.

A great product for managing your digital media, but does have some limitations.

Oct 10, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: First and foremost I have to say the customer service Photoshelter provides for Libris users is absolutely wonderful. Their team gets back to you quickly with answers to your questions and is always pleasant to work with.

Libris truly shines in it's ability to easily organize and then later search for the images you need. You have the ability to set up the folder structure in any way that fits your needs (which is not something I say about the last product we were using) and the backend structure is so user friendly, it's a breeze to move collections, galleries, or even individual photos around after upload. All you need to do is grab them and drag and drop them into a different area.

On the search side of things, you have great control over the types of parameters you can give the search. Everything from searching for photos based on a specific orientation, to things photographed on certain dates...it's quite nice and the results are fast and (seemingly) very accurate.

Uploading is fast, and has a number of potential ways it can be integrated into your workflow, including a lightroom plugin.

As much as we like Libris overall, it is not without it's limitations and there are a couple of big ones we hope are eventually addressed.

The biggest one for us at the moment is Libris' inability to allow downloads without either a password or a user login. This is a bummer and is currently a bit clunky. We produce content for a wide range of people and we would like to make that content available for download to everyone, but the best you can do right now is put a password on everything and then try and make that password available to the public, which is just clunky and a bit odd. We really hope they implement a password and login free option soon.

Secondly, when you search for images there is no way to sort what we have searched for in the results page. Want to search for something and then sort by "date taken" or "date uploaded"? Not possible. The other slightly frustrating thing is there is no way to change the size of the image thumbnails in the galleries or search results. They are a bit small and it can sometimes be hard to see what the photo looks like until you click on it to make it larger.

Really there are so many things to like about Libris that I wouldn't say the above should be deal breakers, but they are things I think could really help improve it.

Really great product

Oct 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very user friendly. Really clean display for the public. Excellent customer service

Cons: It would be nice to be able to have additional parts of our metadata shown with each image. There is currently no way to change what is shown, and there is not a lot shown.

Overall: For our needs, I think this product is going to be really invaluable. The overall look for the public is very clean and neat. The ability to share and give downloading permissions for images is excellent and easy to do. The only downside is that only a small amount of the metadata is shown, and there is no way to change what parts we can/cannot show. You can however search by things such as city/location which is helpful. Overall, this is a really great product and I would recommend it to anyone who has similar needs as ours. Very user friendly! Also the customer service is excellent and responds very quickly

Recommendations to other buyers: n/a

Great Photo Management System

Sep 16, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: As a system administrator, Libris has been very easy to manage. The user interface is clean and intuitive and managing photos and permissions is simple. Our support representative was very helpful and gave us courteous and prompt responses.

Our lives are now getting much easier...!

Sep 07, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: The different ways of getting images into the system is great. Speed is great. Batch editing image information once in the system is great (as long as you remember to click the APPEND button!! Maybe that should be on by default?)

Cons: There are a few glitches that sometimes generate errors during exporting from LR. For example I can't get the "Export with previous..." to work. And some functionality is still being developed, like the ability to make a lightbox downloadable with minimal effort. Everything I've stumbled with so far is minimal: things like the ability to resize columns and image previews in the browser. Not having various layout options except for the standard template. Minor things to enhance the user experience.

Overall: Two years ago we had images scattered all across various hard drives. Then we "MacGyver-ed" an asset collection based on Lightroom, which works wonderfully for one person but is not sharable in an office environment unless you jump through a bunch of hoops to tuck the catalog on the cloud and put all the images on a shared server, blah blah blah. But since we started using Libris about three months ago we've made tremendous progress in setting up our collections and starting to share them with various departments around campus. We're still barely scraping the surface on the possibilities Libris offers, and still have lots of work to do, to be sure. But finally our images are accessible to whomever we want to have access, with just a few clicks. And the customer support is second to none!

Recommendations to other buyers: I'd love it if the developers would include the ability to store video in the basic package. Charge more for space if you need to, but please don't have a separate tier for video/audio if you truly want to be an all-in-one visual DAM system.

Libris Photoshelter

Sep 06, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: A few key features are still in the works.

Overall: Training and support have been top notch. Experts are responsive and helpful. We receive customized support, which is vitally important.

BSIM Review

Sep 01, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very intuitive, easy to use

Cons: Some features are a bit cumbersome

Overall: So far it has been excellent. I like the way you can upload photos and just have it run in the background.

Great product so far!

Sep 01, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that it's on a cloud, which means we can access the photos at home or at work. It's also easy to give other people access, or to set up Lightboxes for them to view select photos. It's much easier than emailing photos like we used to have to do! We have shared it with several people on campus and they all say that it's been easy to use and easy for them to search for photos.

Cons: I wish that more than one person could be the administrator without having to upgrade to the next payment level. I'm still having a few issues when trying to view the photos --- I'd like them all to be visible on one page, not 20 pages, for example, but I know it's something I could probably figure out.

Overall: We purchased this product to use at a university. We needed something that could be shared across campus, allowing for folks to be able to search for the photos they needed. We also needed something that all 12 of us in our office could use at the same time, and something that was securely backed up.

Recommendations to other buyers: Put one person in charge when you get the system. That person can be your go-to person and can be the main contact with the company. It's best not to have too many cooks in the kitchen. Have one person figure out a way to tag the photos with keywords and be consistent in how you are tagging and organizing your photos. The more keywords that are available to search with, the better, so label your photos as much as possible.

Best Asset Management Software Available

Sep 01, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Libris has been great as we moved all of our photo assets to an online, cloud-based system. I love the ease of use, the search functionality and the ability to share lightboxes with others.

Loving it so far

Aug 29, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The tagging and sharing.

Overall: I've been able to navigate Libris on my own, with very few questions. It's a very intuitive program with great functionality.

Libris Makes Life Easy

Aug 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love the ease of uploading and organizing images. The ability to create different galleries for different clients has freed up so much time and made it easy to communicate about photos.

Cons: I haven't found anything I don't like about Libris. I am looking forward to PhotoShelter expanding their mobile app for Libris.

Overall: I've been a user and fan of PhotoShelter for a long time, so when the college I work for was ready to shift to a cloud based DAM system, PhotoShelter's Libris product was my first choice. The admin side is easy to set up and navigate and the client side is clean and user friendly. The customer service is tops and everyone at my institution has been pleased with it.

Recommendations to other buyers: The Libris team loves helping photographers manage their images to enable them to sort and search less and shoot and create more. They stay up date on current trends in technology to ensure their clients always have the best of what's available.

Very user friendly

Aug 22, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Very user-friendly and intuitive. Haven't run into any issues yet.

Cons: Don't have much to dislike, I'm not a power user. It has made my job much, much easier.

Overall: It is incredibly easy to find whatever I need in Libris. Our photographer/administrator is very organized about tagging photos and uploading them, but Libris makes it much easier to look at groups of photos with clients, customize the view for groups of photos, etc.

PhotoShelter's Libris has improved our organization, location and distribution of our digital assets

Aug 21, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The ease of distribution of our assets and an improved administrative side and accessibility to the public and others in the organization that aren't on the administrative side.

Cons: There is greater ability to refine search results on the administrative side. I wish the same ability was available for others not on the administrative team to refine their search results.

Overall: Libris has greatly improved our organization, location and distribution of our digital assets. I have heard nothing but compliments from my colleagues about my decision to switch to Libris from a competing vendor.

Libris is a life saver

Aug 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of Use. There is a very small learning curve and once you master the basics it inspires you to do more with the platform.

Cons: The only thing I can say is the time it takes to upload videos. Seems much slower than our Vimeo and youtube accounts.

Overall: When tasked with finding a DAM that can handle the assets of an entire University Medical System with dozens of users working in multiple locations throughout our state, Libris lead the competition by leaps and bounds.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make the plunge and you won't be disappointed. It may seem pricey at first but the cost is much cheaper than comparable platforms. It does everything we need with our assets without adding all of the complex layers of marketing.

Good solution for schools

Aug 18, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Easy to use, quick interface, easy to invite others to upload/share, robust tagging and meta fields.

Libris by Photoshelter

Aug 14, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: After reviewing many DAM solutions selecting Libris came down to ease of use, customer service, price and features applicable to our needs. Libris ticks all the boxes we had.

Photo Archiving/Organizing Must Have!

Aug 10, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: We most like Libris' functionality regarding photo organizing and sharing. Libris equips its users with a variety of ways to quickly upload photos and create a library structure that makes sense to your organization. We love the ability to tag photos in batch and personally add metadata to photos. This way, our photos are searchable, but also browsable through Libris' collections and galleries structure. Sharing photos is easy and super customizable as well. With the option to add passwords to galleries and set expiration dates for links we send to outside shareholders, we have more control over privacy and access to our photos. Through working with Libris, the customer service has been great. Questions are answered in a timely manner and the Libris staff is readily available through email or phone each day. We enjoyed our multiple training sessions and demos. The staff at Libris is willing to help in whatever way possible.

Cons: At times the software can run slow and I accidentally deleted 2,000 photos one time due to a display glitch on the backend site. After deleting the photos, I looked in the trash bin to find them but I could not, since there is no structure of collections or galleries in the trash bin. Instead, the photos were in the trash can in order according to date, which is not helpful when you already have other photos in the trash bin as well. I had no other choice but to re-upload the photos.

Overall: We use Libris for city government photo organizing/archiving. My department had over 5,000 photos to organize and Libris helped a daunting task become manageable and achievable. Having a place to organize photos properly makes our department function more efficiently and smoothly; we get many requests for photos on a daily basis. Libris makes photos searchable and easily findable with metadata tagging and keywords, which we love. Libris employees were there for us every step of the way during the initial set-up process and are still there for us currently with any questions we have.

Recommendations to other buyers: Libris is a great photo archiving/organizing software. We would definitely recommend it to other companies and businesses. However, know that organizing photos takes time, and doesn't happen over night. Once you develop a structure and system that makes sense to you, Libris can help out with ease of use, saving time, and having things run efficiently. Libiris requires time and effort from each company's admin initially, but it is well worth it to have a functional photo site in the end.

Libris so far...

Jun 17, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: The interface is pretty. It's pretty straight forward. I think it's stupid to expect me to write a specific amount... I'm still learning, I don't have any thing else to say.

Cons: raw images don't reflect any adjustments made... when there's an xmp file, it should be applied.
Search function isn't that great.
I'm an editor and have to log out and log in as a contributor in order to select myself as the photographer? ANNOYING and stupid.

Overall: I'm still uploading images... still learning. Working with exporting from Lightroom - could be a little better, but it's okay.

Multimedia Producer

Jun 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like the fast upload speeds when uploading our photos. Also, the integration with Lightroom is a huge benefit.

Cons: One thing I don't like about this software is the inability to search by photographer.

Overall: Libris has been a huge benefit to our day to day workflow in terms of photography. It's extremely streamlined and very fast when uploading out photos.

Functional and Fantastic

Jun 10, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to make batch edits on IPTC info, keywords etc. It's also easy to share collections with people who have no knowledge of the way that photo archives and repositories work.

Cons: The search function needs some tweaking. I've been told by CS that this will be getting an update. But I do wish that the search tool searched more of the IPTC info other than just the caption and keyword.

Overall: The Photoshelter we use from Libris has been a godsend. It's so easy to use. It's easy to get other people to use it too.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure that photographer name is included in the caption info. Otherwise photographer name isn't searchable.

Digital Photo Asset Management Made Easy!

Jun 09, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Libris is a breath of fresh air for those who have to maintain a digital asset library for their company. The ability to manage all or selected photo assets quickly and seamless makes it easy to stay on top of your digital assets when their are multiple stakeholders involved. The backend user admin panel is easy to use and navigate. You can also assign staff permissions to be able to make certain changes on the site if needed, like content editing. Libris also produces beautiful looking website that allow the user to view and download the photo assets.

While the backend and admin are great, I would like to see additional improvements to the ability to customized the website a little more then your able to now. However, I would highly recommend looking into Libris as an option for digital assets management and distribution.

Libris has been the best investment we have made in years.

Jun 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I love the way you can easily organize and tag all of our assets. Its so easy and intuitive. Before Libris we just dumped all of our photos into a photos folder on a server. They were unorganized and not tagged. This made it a nightmare to find a specific photo we were looking for. We now have things organized and tagged. This makes for a much more efficient workflow.

Brilliant solution for your photo library

Feb 11, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Libris has streamlined content management for our nonprofit, especially when we set off to redesign our website. Before, we had to use cumbersome methods to share images with our website manager, writer, and graphic designer. Now, we have a single platform that makes it easy to manage our large catalog of photos and collaborate with employees and freelancers alike to do really great work.

Global reach via the Libris cloud

Feb 02, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We chose Libris for the broad set of features available in this system. We are a not-for-profit NGO working on a global scale. We needed a tool that would match our work and ambitions.

We use Libris for its indexing and organizing capabilities, rather than for commerce. Prior to Libris, we had been using a set of folders on a network server, however over time that became unwieldy and difficult to manage. Another advantage: Screening and sorting photos is much faster because the system optimizes images for viewing in a way that the old network drive, or other simpler cloud systems, could not do.

Libris offers a way to attach info for each image through its tagging system to help us keep track of the images we have, their source, and much more granular information. Incoming, the system makes it easy for photographers across world to upload images to the Libris cloud. Outgoing, we receive many photo requests from a wide variety of outlets, ranging from other partner organizations to publishers, both domestically and abroad. Libris enables our office staff to select individual photos and sent a specific link of the curated images for review and download by editors, printers and other organizations with whom we work.

The major downside, as with any complex cataloging tool, is that it takes time to manage and maintain the content. This is simply reality and not a fault of the system which makes many more things possible for us.

Libris has been a game changer for us - Powerful, Easy to Use, Cost Effective

Jan 27, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

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COMMENTS:
We vetted nearly ten DAM solutions before choosing Libris, so its safe to say I have good knowledge of what's out there.. I can tell you that no others compare! Initially when we purchased it was about pricing since they are half the price of any other full DAM. Yet, it didn¿t take long for my staff and our entire organization to realize how powerful Libris is. We rely on Libris to help us manage all our company assets and because its so intuitive with such top notch customer service, we were able to adopt completely within a couple weeks! It has allowed us to centralize our assets, make them searchable through keyboarding & metadata, and organize everything into manageable collections and galleries. What¿s even more important is that Libris allows my team of 5ppl to control the visibility and access for the different assets we have. We¿re able to setup different permissions for specific collections so that only the right people have the ability to view and download those assets. They offer really simple sharing options which makes it easy to send files to teammates and outside vendors, and there's even reporting features so we can monitor who¿s downloaded what and which images are most viewed, etc. Libris has been a GODSEND for our organization.

Libris For Higher Ed

Jan 15, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Libris and PhotoShelter provide a comprehensive solution for our digital assets management needs at a competitive price. Our university needed a way to share photos with our campus clients as well as media, students and other users. We needed a stable platform, ease of use for clients as well as system administrators, competitive cost of storage, robust search, collaborative features, e-storefront and responsive customer support, all wrapped in an attractive package. Libris met all of these needs. Our clients love using it. I've tried several other services since 2005, and I highly recommend giving Libris a try.

Great tool

Jan 13, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: My organization uses Libris to catalog over 20,000 images. There are many capable tools out there, but there are few that can handle the volume and ease of use like Libris. From viewing work uploaded directly from photographers to easily creating lightboxes for clients, you can't go wrong with Libris. Plus, their team is great to work with!

Libris - Great Photo Storage and Easy Sharing!

Jan 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We are now able to streamline photos from our Convention and very easily choose who can access them and who cannot, where in the past we would have to individually send photos or send discs via mail for large files. Having everything in one spot has made sharing and storing thousands of photos very easy. Also, the customer service Libris has provided is outstanding. I had a question that was answered in a short amount of time so I could continue my work within the product.

Very Helpful For The Big 12 Conference!

Jan 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The Libris PhotoShelter system has been very helpful in organizing our photo archives and making it easier to find pictures from the Conference's storied history. I am sure we are not fully utilizing the system to its best potential as we are relatively new clients, but I look forward to seeing more of what this can do in the future.