Spydus Library Management System

An integrated library management including archive and digital asset management, patron management, analytics, mobile working, and events.

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Make the most of a system that is ready for the future with the Spydus cloud and AI based library management solution.

Spydus is the result of us listening to you about what is important. 

Our focus is on providing innovative patron-centric features to enable you to deliver a high level of service to your library community.

Key features include:

  • A discovery OPAC with reader recommendations
  • econtent integration for a single point of discovery
  • mobile apps
  • archives and cultural collections
  • business analytics
  • integrated event management
  • A full API providing the platform for your own library innovation 

For library staff, our focus is to improve backend features to improve operational efficiencies though our web-based applications. Spydus is fully customisable to meet the needs of any library regardless of its size and operating model. As a result, libraries of all types and sizes, including large consortia, trust Spydus to deliver enhanced experiences for their communities, increased engagement and automation. Current customers worldwide include public libraries, education libraries, national libraries, and special libraries. 

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Why choose Spydus

A platform for library innovation

A single source of discovery

Web-based and cloud hosted

Unique features

Patron discovery

The Spydus discovery OPAC draws both digital and physical items across core components into one seamless and unified public access layer search result. It provides the library user with a personalised experience once they are logged in, providing loan and account details, alerts, title recommendations based on borrower profile and their borrowing history, as well as the ability to add reviews, link out to social media, update their details etc. Autocomplete, “Did you mean…?,” relevancy sorting and fuzzy searching are available.

Each library can customise the functionality and apply their branding to the OPAC.

With modern libraries extending beyond physical spaces, the requirement for libraries to have the best tools to reach out to the wider community has become a necessity. For online library customers, Spydus10.2 enables resources to be discoverable in search engines such as Google. This feature will enable libraries to be extend their presence from beyond the traditional library website to attract a greater number of potential library members.

Local history and cultural collections

As part of the core Spydus offering, the Archive Module is included to manage local studies collections. It follows international archiving standards, ISAD(G). Archives has been designed to manage mixed collections of physical and digital items.

As Spydus keeps extensive relationships between items, collections are seen as a related whole. Extensive use is made of authority controls for names (authors, donors, contributors, people in photos, etc.) subject headings and the like. Integrated search functionality enables users to discover Archive and Artefacts collections via the Spydus OPAC, and staff can highlight particular resources using gallery containers and linked searches.

Records are created based on the General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD (G)). This incorporates data fields such as a title, creator, donor, summary description, subject authorities, search dates, access and use restrictions. ISAD (G) includes the incorporation of a hierarchical model, to retain provenance of collections and further link items to aid discovery of resources.

Digital asset management

Digital Assets is a core component of the Spydus suite for both ordinary library collections and local studies collections. Digital Assets catalogues and supports digital resources (including ebooks, journals, unpublished manuscripts, images, music, audiobooks, sound effects and video content).

For digital files held within the library or archive, Digital Assets provides its own comprehensive digital repository. Digital objects are uploaded to Digital Assets, and catalogued using a metadata structure. Digital Asset resources can be linked to bibliographic MARC records or Archive and Artefact records, and can be searched and accessed through the Spydus Integrated Discovery OPAC.

Digital Assets does not require any predefined object taxonomy; Digital Assets creates its own virtual taxonomies using metadata associated with each digital object.

Business intelligence

An interactive BI tool utilising dashboards and charts to take the guess work out of library decision making.

There are three modules within the SpydusBI suite that can be purchased by libraries:

SpydusManager – uses all of the key elements within Spydus to create reports around borrowers, loans, reservations, charges, bookings, acquisitions, locations, items, notices and requisitions.

SpydusCollections – provides an in-depth look at a library’s collection focusing on collection profiling, performance and maintenance tasks.

SpydusAnalytics  – aims to bring in range of data sources such as PC usage, Wi-Fi, door counts, OPAC searches, data from council systems etc. into a single interface to streamline reporting alongside Spydus data.

Reports can easily be visually represented via graphs, charts and pie charts. All reports can be exported manually, or scheduled, to PDF, MS Excel, MS Word and other formats for easy sharing and dissemination.

Aside from having great data analytics capabilities, one of the product’s strengths is the availability of numerous options in presenting information. There are over 50 chart types and interactive options such as filter, drag and drop functionality as well as the ability to drill down and through different reports. Libraries can also enter their own KPIs and targets into reports.

Reports have been created to assist libraries with their annual reporting requirements, both for councils and other statutory bodies such as the State Library.

Event management

The Spydus Event Portal has been designed specifically for libraries. It integrates with the Spydus LMS to link borrowers with events, market your event, collect payments and track progress in real time.

The Event Management portal appears as an extra page in your library OPAC dedicated to upcoming events. Using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and email you can promote your events to the community or to specific library borrowers.


Spydus e-content integration enables users to search, view availability, reserve and borrow e-resources in a single platform search. For streamlined reporting, loans statistics for these resources are captured within Spydus, and users can view their digital and physical loans in a single library account. Spydus currently integrates with Overdrive, Axis360, RBDigital, Wheelers, Bolinda, CloudLibrary and RBDigital Magazines (Zinio).

Mobile ready with apps & responsive design

Spyus10 offers both responsive interfaces and mobile apps. For library staff, interfaces are accessible through web browsers, including tablets, extending library services beyond library walls.

For library patrons, our fully customizable OPAC is responsive to smartphone size.

Spydus Mobile

This app is available for Android and iOS users.

  • Search and reserve items
  • View loans, reservations, and payments
  • Update personal details
  • Manage multiple library memberships
  • Download e-books, e-audio books, and magazines
  • Save lists of favourite items for later
  • “Discover” – reading lists, featured items, recommendations
  • Use the camera to scan an ISBN in a bookstore to check if your library has copies
  • Issue items within the library by scanning the library barcode – (if the library allows)
Spydus API

The SpydusAPI is a RESTful HTTP Web API service that allows third party vendors to create both circulation based staff applications and patron driven self-service software for interoperating with Spydus.

Functionality includes patron authentication, retrieving patron information, check-out and check-in of items, renewal, reservations and charges. It is predominantly based on BIC’s Library Communication Framework (LCF).

Personalised staff dashboard

Spydus Home streamlines the administration burden by making tasks simpler to complete. Spydus Home also acts as a communication tool, delivering updates and announcements in a timely and efficient manner and reducing the need to send multiple emails. It also streamlines workflows for ongoing library tasks such as approvals.

Established consortia model

Our customers include statewide and national wide systems of public and education institutions.  Our approach to consortia is that libraries should have the option to maintain their unique identities yet be part of a wider shared service.

Designed, developed, and supported in Australia

With a 30 year pedigree, Spydus is proudly designed and developed in Australia, with contributions from our international colleagues and customers. Our experienced team of software developers, technical and helpdesk staff, and trainers understand the needs of libraries and provide the expertise and delivery know how to help you deliver best-practice library services to your community.

Streamlined procurement via the PA and WALGA panels

We're on both the Procurement Australia and WALGA panels. Being admitted to these panels means that the selection process is streamlined, saving you time and money, enabling you to focus on your service delivery.


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