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Eloquent Library

by Eloquent Systems

Eloquent Library is a Mobile-Friendly Integrated Library System (ILS): public access, circulation, MARC, serials, acquisitions. Supports all types of digital assets (DAM) and links to websites. Ideal for Special Collections, Corporate, Legal, Medical Libraries and School Districts. Use for under $300/month in Eloquent Cloud, or purchase license for under $9,000, as a basic configuration. Excellent response time for unlimited Help Desk support. Automatic annual updates. Learn more about Eloquent Library

A Mobile-Friendly ILS for Special, Legal, Medical Libraries and School Districts. For digital assets and Web resources. Great support. Learn more about Eloquent Library

Mandarin

by Mandarin Library Automation

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

Web-based library management software to help single sites and districts lower costs and save time with one-point installation. Learn more about Mandarin

Apollo

by Biblionix

Apollo was the Product of the Year for 2016 and 2017! The ILS from Biblionix topped all other products in the Modern Library Awards competition. Biblionix is devoted solely to public libraries. And Apollo is provided from the cloud with full Library Services Platform (LSP) advantages. So you get integrations, features, and upgrades fast, with no technical support needed. Learn more about Apollo

Apollo is an ILS for public libraries. It is award winning and elegant. Fast, easy 3rd party integration. All pages are HTTPS. Learn more about Apollo

ResourceMate

by Jaywil Software Development

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

Resource Library Software designed for Churches, Synagogues, Schools, Professionals, Corporations, and Non-profits. Learn more about ResourceMate

LibraryWorld

by LibraryWorld

Let LibraryWorld take the complexity and high cost out of automating your library. Use this state of the art Web based system to build your collection and start circulating today. Start your free trial now. All library types are welcome. Schools, public, and a variety of special libraries on every continent are now using LibraryWorld. Learn more about LibraryWorld

Let LibraryWorld take the complexity and high cost out of automating your library. Learn more about LibraryWorld

Surpass

by Surpass Software

Surpass is a full-featured suite of applications that smoothly automates all of the day-to-day functions of libraries. Surpass is an effective automation solution for primary and secondary school districts as well as for public, college, corporate, and specialty libraries. Surpass offers a special package for church libraries too. Surpass Hosting Service offers libraries the ability to put their whole system on-line with no need for in-house servers or IT staff. Learn more about Surpass

Suite of applications that smoothly automates all of the day-to-day functions of libraries and media centers. Learn more about Surpass

Alexandria library automation software empowers librarians and patrons with customizable interfaces, set-up, and hosting options. 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

Alexandria library software is customizable, easy-to-use, accessible from any device on any browser, and comes with 24/7 support! Learn more about Alexandria

Genesis G4

by Library Resource Management Systems

Windows SQL library software that includes Circulation, Cataloging, Online Catalog (WebOPAC2), Reporting, etc., all in one package. Learn more about Genesis G4

Windows SQL library software that includes Circulation, Cataloging, Online Catalog (WebOPAC2), Reporting, etc., all in one package. Learn more about Genesis G4

Evolve Library

by Infovision Software

Integrated library system that saves you time and money while making it easy to manage your entire library collection and circulation. Learn more about Evolve Library

Integrated library system that saves you time and money while making it easy to manage your entire library collection and circulation. Learn more about Evolve Library

Destiny Library Manager is a complete library management system that can be accessed from anywhere, 24/7. Learn more about Destiny Library Manager

Destiny Library Manager is a complete library management system that can be accessed from anywhere, 24/7. Learn more about Destiny Library Manager

Complete library automation system for schools, public, academic, specialty and professional libraries. Flexible and configurable! Learn more about Insignia Library System

Complete library automation system for schools, public, academic, specialty and professional libraries. Flexible and configurable! Learn more about Insignia Library System

EOS.Web

by EOS International

Integrated library automation, content, knowledge management, and global ASP hosting for special libraries. Learn more about EOS.Web

Integrated library automation, content, knowledge management, and global ASP hosting for special libraries. Learn more about EOS.Web

Accessit Library

by Accessit Library

Integrated library management for schools designed for a modern learning environment - including cloud-hosted or local network deploy. Learn more about Accessit Library

Integrated library management for schools designed for a modern learning environment - including cloud-hosted or local network deploy. Learn more about Accessit Library

Open-source integrated library automation systems steered by a growing community of libraries to achieve their goals. Learn more about Koha ILS

Open-source integrated library automation systems steered by a growing community of libraries to achieve their goals. Learn more about Koha ILS

Lucidea's integrated library systems deliver efficiency, innovation, integration and access, for one-stop info/knowledge management. Learn more about Lucidea Integrated Library Systems

Lucidea's integrated library systems deliver efficiency, innovation, integration and access, for one-stop info/knowledge management. Learn more about Lucidea Integrated Library Systems

Integrated library management systems for total management of library operations. Learn more about SirsiDynix Symphony

Integrated library management systems for total management of library operations. Learn more about SirsiDynix Symphony

Atriuum

by Book Systems

Library automation software, including Circulation, Cataloging, Searching, Inventory, Reports, and much more. Learn more about Atriuum

Library automation software, including Circulation, Cataloging, Searching, Inventory, Reports, and much more. Learn more about Atriuum

Koha

by ByWater Solutions

ByWater offers the highest level of implementation, support, hosting, development and training for the Koha Open Source ILS Learn more about Koha

ByWater offers the highest level of implementation, support, hosting, development and training for the Koha Open Source ILS Learn more about Koha

Cooperatively developed, Cloud &Web-based, open source access to information databases and library collections. Learn more about OPALS

Cooperatively developed, Cloud &Web-based, open source access to information databases and library collections. Learn more about OPALS

Easy-to-use, affordable, and complete library software for small school, church, community, non-profit, and business libraries. Learn more about Handy Library Manager

Easy-to-use, affordable, and complete library software for small school, church, community, non-profit, and business libraries. Learn more about Handy Library Manager

Web-based event management application with online registration and public relation tools for libraries of all sizes. Learn more about SignUp

Web-based event management application with online registration and public relation tools for libraries of all sizes. Learn more about SignUp

LPT:One

by EnvisionWare

Print cost management solution that helps commercial and residential neighborhoods with no nearby location to maintain a 24/7 library. Learn more about LPT:One

Print cost management solution that helps commercial and residential neighborhoods with no nearby location to maintain a 24/7 library. Learn more about LPT:One

LIBERO

by Insight Informatics

Developed with industry experts and designed to provide a single, fully-integrated library management system to meet your library needs Learn more about LIBERO

Developed with industry experts and designed to provide a single, fully-integrated library management system to meet your library needs Learn more about LIBERO

A modular web-based library automation system with acquisition, cataloging, circulation, indexing and other modules. Learn more about LIBSYS7

A modular web-based library automation system with acquisition, cataloging, circulation, indexing and other modules. Learn more about LIBSYS7

Readerware

by Readerware

Library management, inventory and database solutions for collectors, booksellers, schools, churches and libraries. Learn more about Readerware

Library management, inventory and database solutions for collectors, booksellers, schools, churches and libraries. Learn more about Readerware

All My Books

by Bolide Software

A tool to manage small libraries - either church library or office library. Built-in loan tracker and getting book details from Amazon Learn more about All My Books

A tool to manage small libraries - either church library or office library. Built-in loan tracker and getting book details from Amazon Learn more about All My Books

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is an integrated suite of cloud-based library management applications. Learn more about WorldShare Management Services

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is an integrated suite of cloud-based library management applications. Learn more about WorldShare Management Services

Library management solution that helps businesses manage books and administration with QR, barcode facility, and multi user login. Learn more about CodeAchi Library Management System

Library management solution that helps businesses manage books and administration with QR, barcode facility, and multi user login. Learn more about CodeAchi Library Management System

LibAnswers

by Springshare

Library engagement platform which enables reference service through a built-in knowledge base. Learn more about LibAnswers

Library engagement platform which enables reference service through a built-in knowledge base. Learn more about LibAnswers

Sierra

by Innovative Interfaces

Innovative's Sierra ILS provides a powerful, modern foundation for extra large public libraries & universities. Learn more about Sierra

Innovative's Sierra ILS provides a powerful, modern foundation for extra large public libraries & universities. Learn more about Sierra

LiBRARYSOFT

by New Generation Technologies

Library software featuring: Visual Trees, Subject Trees, MARC Downloads, Layered Searches, and more. Learn more about LiBRARYSOFT

Library software featuring: Visual Trees, Subject Trees, MARC Downloads, Layered Searches, and more. Learn more about LiBRARYSOFT

Soutron

by Soutron

Providing library, records & archive management software solutions for Corporate and Special Libraries, since 1989. Learn more about Soutron

Providing library, records & archive management software solutions for Corporate and Special Libraries, since 1989. Learn more about Soutron

VERSO

by Auto-Graphics

SaaS Integrated Library System software for Public Libraries. Learn more about VERSO

SaaS Integrated Library System software for Public Libraries. Learn more about VERSO

Art library automation software that comes with a variety of features to help you manage every aspect of your library. Learn more about Easylib Library Automation Software

Art library automation software that comes with a variety of features to help you manage every aspect of your library. Learn more about Easylib Library Automation Software

LIBRARIAN

by CR2 Technologies

Includes all the international standards (MARC21, Z39.50, AACR2 etc.) to manage learning resource centers of any type or size. Learn more about LIBRARIAN

Includes all the international standards (MARC21, Z39.50, AACR2 etc.) to manage learning resource centers of any type or size. Learn more about LIBRARIAN

Aleph

by Ex Libris

Integrated system that manages all aspects of local libraries of any size and structure. Learn more about Aleph

Integrated system that manages all aspects of local libraries of any size and structure. Learn more about Aleph

Aura Online

by Aura Software

Solution for catalogue and lending management, supporting almost any content, including digital. Used for small and large collections. Learn more about Aura Online

Solution for catalogue and lending management, supporting almost any content, including digital. Used for small and large collections. Learn more about Aura Online

Bibliotheca

by Ansell Productions

Standalone or networked cross-platform library, contact and roster management database based on the power of Filemaker Pro. Learn more about Bibliotheca

Standalone or networked cross-platform library, contact and roster management database based on the power of Filemaker Pro. Learn more about Bibliotheca

Book Collector Pro

by Collectorz.com

Book cataloging platform which provides data and image storage through multiple layouts, templates, system skins and more. Learn more about Book Collector Pro

Book cataloging platform which provides data and image storage through multiple layouts, templates, system skins and more. Learn more about Book Collector Pro

Boopsie for Libraries provides your library with an app to allow patrons access to your catalog content at anytime and from anywhere. Learn more about Boopsie for Libraries

Boopsie for Libraries provides your library with an app to allow patrons access to your catalog content at anytime and from anywhere. Learn more about Boopsie for Libraries

Library management solution with OPAC, authority management, circulation, serials management, and reporting. Learn more about CyberTools for Libraries

Library management solution with OPAC, authority management, circulation, serials management, and reporting. Learn more about CyberTools for Libraries

EPrints

by EPrints Services

An open source platform for creating self-configuring repositories for libraries and the publishing industry. Learn more about EPrints

An open source platform for creating self-configuring repositories for libraries and the publishing industry. Learn more about EPrints

An open source enterprise-class library automation system that helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate materials. Learn more about Evergreen ILS

An open source enterprise-class library automation system that helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate materials. Learn more about Evergreen ILS

FIRST LMS

by FIRST Software Solutions

Windows based administration application and a web-based Online Public Access Catalogue. Learn more about FIRST LMS

Windows based administration application and a web-based Online Public Access Catalogue. Learn more about FIRST LMS

FlashScan-MAX

by Library Automation Technologies

Self-checkout system that supports library rules and policies and fits into you library's current and future environment. Learn more about FlashScan-MAX

Self-checkout system that supports library rules and policies and fits into you library's current and future environment. Learn more about FlashScan-MAX

Facilitates easy access to your library electronic subscriptions. Learn more about Journal Finder

Facilitates easy access to your library electronic subscriptions. Learn more about Journal Finder

KLAS

by Keystone Systems

Offers a flexible and reliable automation solution to libraries, businesses, and institutions. Learn more about KLAS

Offers a flexible and reliable automation solution to libraries, businesses, and institutions. Learn more about KLAS

Lexwin

by LEX Systems

Windows based freeware for library automation; inventory, circulation, import-export, global editing and web catalog. Learn more about Lexwin

Windows based freeware for library automation; inventory, circulation, import-export, global editing and web catalog. Learn more about Lexwin

Lib-Portal is a web platform with all the features for efficient management of all the working processes in an advanced modern library. Learn more about Lib-Portal

Lib-Portal is a web platform with all the features for efficient management of all the working processes in an advanced modern library. Learn more about Lib-Portal

Libdata

by Libdata.com

Very economical ($150/year) library administrative program that allows access to your library database via any web browser. Learn more about Libdata

Very economical ($150/year) library administrative program that allows access to your library database via any web browser. Learn more about Libdata

Liberty

by Softlink America

A web-based library and information management automation system available on our servers or yours. Learn more about Liberty

A web-based library and information management automation system available on our servers or yours. Learn more about Liberty

LibGuru

by Spring Time Software

Solution for managing school / college libraries covering all aspects of library automation. Learn more about LibGuru

Solution for managing school / college libraries covering all aspects of library automation. Learn more about LibGuru

LIBMAN

by RS Barcoders

Complete Library Manager - Barcode, RFID & Fingerprint. Learn more about LIBMAN

Complete Library Manager - Barcode, RFID & Fingerprint. Learn more about LIBMAN

Specialist library management software for collectors, school, legal, health, religious, charity and public sector libraries. Learn more about Library Management System

Specialist library management software for collectors, school, legal, health, religious, charity and public sector libraries. Learn more about Library Management System

Innovative library services offering including collaborative cataloguing, interlending and end-to-end library management systems. Learn more about Library Solution

Innovative library services offering including collaborative cataloguing, interlending and end-to-end library management systems. Learn more about Library Solution

Library Vision

by Vision Forecasting

Library management software designed for the running of any size of library, from small workplace to city/school/college/university. Learn more about Library Vision

Library management software designed for the running of any size of library, from small workplace to city/school/college/university. Learn more about Library Vision

Library.Solution

by The Library Corporation

TLC is trusted by the world's largest, busiest libraries and school districts down to single site locations. Learn more about Library.Solution

TLC is trusted by the world's largest, busiest libraries and school districts down to single site locations. Learn more about Library.Solution

LibraryPro

by Primetech Software

A management solution to aid libraries in tracking books, maintaining staff and student records, and generating reports. Learn more about LibraryPro

A management solution to aid libraries in tracking books, maintaining staff and student records, and generating reports. Learn more about LibraryPro

LIBSOFT

by Environ Infotech

Library automation software that will handle all the processes in your library. Learn more about LIBSOFT

Library automation software that will handle all the processes in your library. Learn more about LIBSOFT

M2L

by MINISIS

Fully integrated and self-contained solution that is able to service the needs of any library (from reference to public) requirements. Learn more about M2L

Fully integrated and self-contained solution that is able to service the needs of any library (from reference to public) requirements. Learn more about M2L

MindLibrary

by Mindmill Software

Comprehensive and integrated Library and institute management solutions for a school, college and other institutions. Learn more about MindLibrary

Comprehensive and integrated Library and institute management solutions for a school, college and other institutions. Learn more about MindLibrary

Oliver v5

by Softlink

Designed specifically for schools, providing a digitally rich, engaging experience to promote student success. Learn more about Oliver v5

Designed specifically for schools, providing a digitally rich, engaging experience to promote student success. Learn more about Oliver v5

PC Card Catalog

by Library Concepts

Library automation for the small library. Provides check in/out management, cataloging, catalog searching, and more. Learn more about PC Card Catalog

Library automation for the small library. Provides check in/out management, cataloging, catalog searching, and more. Learn more about PC Card Catalog

A Library Ecosystem designed especially for K-12 schools to help students improve overall reading levels. Learn more about Reademption Library EcoSystem

A Library Ecosystem designed especially for K-12 schools to help students improve overall reading levels. Learn more about Reademption Library EcoSystem

ROVAN LMS

by Rovan Software Solutions

Windows based library automation software suitable for school, college, business and public libraries. Learn more about ROVAN LMS

Windows based library automation software suitable for school, college, business and public libraries. Learn more about ROVAN LMS

Schookee

by Virgosys Software

Software that connects Management, Staff, Students, Library and Parents - and increases the relationship between them. Learn more about Schookee

Software that connects Management, Staff, Students, Library and Parents - and increases the relationship between them. Learn more about Schookee

Series-M

by Tek Data Systems

Software for Libraries and Media Resource Centers that features advanced booking, circulation, cataloging and video streaming. Learn more about Series-M

Software for Libraries and Media Resource Centers that features advanced booking, circulation, cataloging and video streaming. Learn more about Series-M

SLIM21

by Algorhythms Consultants

Library Management software that is specifically designed to cater to the needs of 21st century Library and Information centres. Learn more about SLIM21

Library Management software that is specifically designed to cater to the needs of 21st century Library and Information centres. Learn more about SLIM21

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What is Library Automation Software?

Library Automation software provides centralized management and process automation for public, private and school libraries and library activities such as circulation, circulation history, administration, cataloging, reporting and patron records.


Library Automation Software Buyers' Guide

1. 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 software also monitors overdue books, calculates fees for late returns, and maintains records of revenue generated by subscriptions, fines, penalties, and memberships. 


2. 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 software 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. 

3. 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. 

4. The cost of library automation software

Most products in the market are available for a one-time licensing fee and can be divided into three pricing tiers based on their starting price

Price ranges*: 

  • $90 - $160
  • $160 - $725
  • $725+

*The pricing included in this list is for the entry-level/lowest pricing offering found on vendor websites on January 7, 2019. These ranges correspond to the 25th, 75th, and 100th percentiles of pricing information gathered from vendor websites of sample products.

The above list summarizes pricing for the base plans of most products. Enterprise or premium products that are priced higher often include additional features such as advanced support, built-in accounting modules, and integration with third-party applications. 


5. 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 systems 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 systems: 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. 

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  2. Library Automation Software, Capterra (Date accessed: October 9, 2018)
  3. How to Choose the Right Library Automation Software, Capterra (Date accessed: October 9, 2018)
  4. Best Libraries in the World (Date accessed: October 9, 2018)
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