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OLIB is a library management system that offers a unique combination of library efficiency, ease of use and leading edge e-resource capabilities to provide flexible management of information resources for special, corporate and education libraries. OLIB offers a truly scalable library management system regardless of the size or complexity of your organisation, and operates in health, government, special and further education libraries worldwide.

A complete solution

In operation in over 300 libraries worldwide, OLIB provides the full range of functionality that you would expect from a leading library management solution.

Cataloguing offers the ability to catalogue a wide range of traditional and non-traditional media types from Web sites to 'knowledge'. It also includes full authority control, MARC import and export and thesaurus capability and the ability to create catalogue templates as standard.

Circulation includes full user management with transaction and notice history, fines and multi-format overdues as standard. Also included are borrower imports and fallback software for offline working.

Acquisition and accounts supports the full order processing cycle from supplier selections and local requests, through purchase order management, receiving and invoicing. It includes e-transmission of orders, claiming and 'on approval' functionality.

Serials control offers a flexible solution for print and e-journals, handling regular and irregular publications. Serials control also includes circulation lists and new issue/Table of Content (TOC).

Reporting includes over 150 reports covering all areas of OLIB and a wide range of ad hoc report facilities to ensure maximum reporting flexibility.

Layout Manager provides customisation functionality of the staff interface. Input screens can be customised to suit local working requirements such as terminology, workflow and also provides the flexibility to broaden the scope of the catalogue to deliver information on any media type.

An intuitive, easy to use Web OPAC, WebView provides an end-user interface that searches the catalogue and retrieves results based on natural language searching. WebView is highly configurable and offers a wealth of optional self-service features from self-renew and request to purchase recommendations and online placing of enquiries.

WebView offers reading list functionality, SDI services, a gateway to other Web sites and links to Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and intranets.

Search results include fully integrated access to linked e-resources and optional OPAC enhancement with book jackets and Table of Contents (TOCs). Hyperlinks provide access to full details or further information, and you have the option to save searches for repeated use.

Library services to users where and when they want them through WebView's "My account" allows library users to review items on loan, place reservations and renew items online, either in the library or remotely. It also provides a full loan history, enquiry logging and access to the SDI service.

Search results are displayed in a single hit list, including fully integrated access to linked e-resources and optional OPAC enhancement with book jackets and Table of Contents (TOCs). Hyperlinks provide access to full details or further information, and you have the option to save searches for repeated use.

Build on your existing investment

OLIB supports a range of optional modules that seamlessly integrate into the core OLIB library management system, to further streamline processes and expand library services to users. 

These include:

  • Enquiry Management for automatic logging, monitoring and response to requests from users, including queries from remote users through WebView.
  • Inter-Library Loans automates the supply and request of Inter-Library Loans to reduce time-consuming tasks.
  • Digital Asset Indexing for indexing and searching the content of electronic resources alongside traditional library materials. This enables users to search the content of linked documents, instead of simply the catalogue record.

Client based or Web based staff interface or both? You choose.

OLIB offers a choice of staff interfaces for library housekeeping tasks and searching: OLIB WorldView, a Windows-style, client-based, staff interface; and OLIB Web, a Web-based staff interface.

OLIB WorldView

A Microsoft-style Windows interface providing a familiar "look and feel" for your staff. Client software is installed on all staff PCs that need to connect to the LMS.


OLIB Web delivers an effective working environment for library staff irrespective of their location: within the library, at a remote site, indeed, from anywhere. The Web interface is hosted on a single PC, making it ideally suited to multisite and single-site deployments. Upgrades need be carried out only in one place. Alternatively, we offer a hosting service that manages the servers and related infrastructure, while you concentrate on serving your users.

Or a mixture of the two

A mixture of both OLIB WorldView and OLIB Web can be provided for libraries wishing to use both methods of accessing OLIB.

Interoperability with third party systems

OLIB is compliant with a wide range of library and IT standards including MARC21, Z39.50, SIP2, ISO ILL and OAI ensuring interoperability with third-party systems and data sources. This enables bibliographic and user data import, cross-searching of third party catalogues and integration with self-issue devices.

We are with you every step of the way

From our very first conversation through to system deployment and implementation, OCLC will work with you every step of the way.

Our experienced professional services team provide a range of services from installation, project management, training and configuration advice. The Help Desk is complemented with a "For Customers" web site, focused purely on OLIB with all of the latest news and developments.

Smooth, efficient data migration

A vital part of any new system implementation is data conversion. At OCLC we provide a data conversion facility that ensures a smooth and efficient data migration from your current library management system to OLIB. In addition, you are given the option to improve data quality by removing inconsistencies and inaccuracies as part of the process, saving valuable staff time in manual data tidying whilst improving data recall.

OLIB's data conversion facilities have been used to successfully convert data from a variety of systems, including: Heritage, Unicorn, CAIRS, EOSi Glas, and Dynix.

A partnership approach to development

At OCLC we value our customers, listen to what they tell us and actively work with them for the on-going development of OLIB. OLIB has an active User Group that works closely with OLIB product management to define priorities for new releases.