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LBS at a glance

OCLC's Local Library System (LBS) is a fully proven, web based library management system that provides flexible management of information for over 200 academic and college libraries in the Netherlands and Germany.

LBS offers a full range of functionality including circulation, acquisitions and controls, serials control, reporting, easy-to-use, intuitive, end-user and staff interfaces.

The system offers a range of configuration options that enable libraries to configure the system to suit their individual requirements.

LBS can also be integrated with the CBS – a generic solution for the creation and maintenance of union catalogs; cataloging is primarily done in CBS and transferred to LBS in real time for the local process of data.


  • Fully proven, web based library management system in operation in over 200 academic and college libraries.
    Optimum cataloging and acquisitions efficiency through integration with LBS.
  • Flexible integration of external systems and data such as direct links with publishers and suppliers through a Web browser interface.
  • Third party interoperability enabling bibliographic and user data import, cross-searching of third party catalogs and integration with self-service devices.
  • Online link with ILL systems based on ISO ILL.
  • Powerful OPAC providing optimum cost effectiveness for performance and hardware investments.


  • Online Links to national or regional cataloging and ILL systems
  • Hosted solution or local implementation option
  • Compliant with state-of-the-art standards: XML – XSLT, SIP2, ISO ILL, SRU, Z39.50 etc.
  • Allows use by multiple libraries that can optionally share (parts of) their data or work completely separated
  • Up to date bibliographic information available in all modules
  • Full range of library housekeeping modules
  • Web browser staff interface
  • Easy-to-use intuitive Web-based OPAC
  • OPAC training module for new students

Related services

  • CBS
  • RFID
  • IDM Connector

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