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Ireland books in Spydus library management deal

10/11/21

Mark Chillingworth

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Ireland’s Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) has struck a five-year deal with Civica to improve library services across the republic.

The improvements in library services are tied to Ireland’s strategy of improving literacy.

The five-year deal with Civica for the Spydus library management software will see all 330 branch and 29 mobile libraries receive the software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to automate processes such as inter-library loans, lending and stock rotation.

LGMA is the Republic of Ireland’s state body for providing local authorities with professional services, including the procurement of technology.

Head of libraries development at the LGMA Stuart Hamilton said: “Improved automation will mean library staff can spend more time adding value where it’s needed most”.

Our Public Libraries 2022 is a nationwide government programme to support libraries and increase reading and literacy in Ireland. The Civica procurement was undertaken as part of this programme. According to the Irish government, the country's public libraries receive 17 million visits per year and lend 13 million physical books, as well as audio and e-books. 

In 2015 the Scottish Consortium of Public Libraries selected Spydus as part of a procurement carried out by the Tayside Procurement Consortium. 

Image from iStock, Thi Soares

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