An Integrated Library System (ILS) gives you access to and manages the resources in your library. It helps users find resources for reading, teaching and learning, as well as managing cataloguing, borrowing and other functions.
What an ILS does
An ILS usually manages:
- borrowing and returning of books and other resources
- reports and statistics on the use of the library collection
- integrated access to e-journals, eBooks, databases, websites and print resources.
An ILS also includes an Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). This is an online database of your library resources which you can use to locate and promote resources and services in the library. Ideally, the school community has access to the OPAC from the homepage of your school's website and/or Learning Management System (LMS).
Your ILS is usually part of your school’s online learning environment along with your ICT infrastructure and LMS, such as Moodle.
The ILS checklist is a practical tool you can use to assess the systems you're evaluating and help you make an informed decision. It's not designed to be comprehensive.
Integrated library systems (ILS) checklist (docx, 115KB)
The school library suppliers list includes contact details for the New Zealand suppliers of Integrated Library Systems.
School library suppliers list