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"Library automation allows for increased resource sharing and provides access to materials far beyond local collections on behalf of all library patrons. Automation allows 24/7 access to library materials and services for everyone, promoting the use of personal electronic devices to access the library. Automation encourages browsing online which facilitates better research and increases leisure reading. Automation provides the opportunity to integrate local database subscriptions and other electronic resources into the library catalog, creating a seamless, one-stop search for materials. Automation provides the ability to partner with local and regional school and public libraries and allows for seamless interlibrary loan when necessary. Automation allows library staff to create reports to show usage and demonstrate needs."Public Library Integrated Library Systems White Paper

Integrated Library Systems in ND

There are many Integrated Library Systems (ILS) to choose from. When looking to automate your library consider the size of your collection, your budget, and what services you need provided. Many of these systems include an Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) which allows patrons to search the library's collection online.

Below are library systems that are currently used in North Dakota as well as pricing information if it is available on their website. Other ILS options can be found in the American Libraries Buyers Guide.

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Many of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.