How We Chose the Best Library Automation Software
In your library, keeping track of guest activity, checked-out materials, and overdue fines can be a time-consuming challenge. Library automation software combines patron self-service functionality with robust management tools for administrators and staff. Although the right software for you will depend on your specific needs, we've chosen some of the best solutions based on key criteria, including library automation features, integrations, and reporting capabilities.
Library Automation Features
Our preferred software features a variety of self-service options that allow guests to check out materials, manage their own accounts, and search for items across all branches of a library. We chose automation software with inventory management capabilities that help staff keep both physical and digital content organized.
The best automation software can integrate with some of the most common third-party tools used by libraries, such as Syndetics Unbound, Open Library, and LibraryThing.
We prioritized software that can generate reports for important library metrics, including popular collections lists and average guest visit time. Ideally, the software should allow libraries to add their own custom reports and view analytic data from a centralized dashboard.