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29th March 2017

SMART move by NZ libraries pays off

Civica’s cloud-based Spydus library management solution has helped librarians around Greater Wellington create one of the world’s most travelled library collections.

The SMART Libraries service allows borrowers to find and share books and other resources from 22 library branches throughout the region. Launched in 2010, almost 90,000 items were exchanged between libraries during that time.

Reservations are free and resources can be delivered and returned to a library most convenient to members. At any point in time thousands of books are being reserved, returned and transported between branches from Hutt City Libraries, Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, Masterton District Library, Porirua City Libraries, Wellington Institute of Technology, and Whitireia Library.

SMART was a pragmatic decision driven by the need to provide a better level of service whilst ensuring we could preserve the local integrity of our libraries. It was something that really hadn’t been done before in New Zealand, or possibly anywhere else.” Brian Anderson, Manager, City Libraries, Porirua

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