Looking for Catalog Software/Hardware for 15,000 resources

"Trying to find out the best software/hardware for a small Christian library of 15,000 resources.. help!!!!"

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Comment by Laure Hittle on April 1, 2013 at 4:03pm

We use Cross Library Systems, which is very inexpensive and designed for church libraries. It does not support MARC, unfortunately, and does not have a native internet catalog option. But their customer service is great and, as i said, the program is very inexpensive. Depending on whether you and your volunteers are comfortable with MARC cataloging, this may even be preferable, as it is a very non-technical system.

Comment by Dan Ray on March 6, 2013 at 7:55am

Did you find software?

Comment by Sandra Fitts on February 19, 2013 at 9:39pm


Two of this Church Librarians' website sponsors are library automation vendors.  Scroll down in the right-hand column to find Concourse Automation Software by Book Systems, Inc. and P C Card Catalog by Library Concepts.  Click on the link in each box to get more information.  Either company would be able to satisfy the number of items that your library has.  And both are great to work with!

Comment by MaryLou Gehman on February 19, 2013 at 2:01pm

Curt,  While our church library is only about 1/4 of the number of items, I have been using a company called Surpass Software http://surpasssoftware.com/.

While you would want a larger package than what I am currently using (the CL software), they have devised a great program for handling library needs.  It certainly would be worth your while to check it out. They are a company that listens to your needs and responds.  I found the CL program to be easy to use even though I have no formal training as a librarian.  Just recently they have expanded their capabilities to allow for your catalog to be viewed online or on a new phone app, thus your patrons can view at their leisure and you would be able to reach even more.

I hope this was helpful. I would love to know if you decide to choose them.

MaryLou Gehman


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