GRLC Implements Civica’s Spydus for Enhanced Community Service

14th December 2023

Embracing Innovation: Geelong Regional Library Corporation Implements Civica’s Spydus for Enhanced Community Service

Global GovTech provider Civica and Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC) proudly announce their partnership, marking an exciting step forward in delivering cutting-edge library services to the communities of the region. By implementing Civica’s Spydus, a state-of-the-art library management system, GRLC are poised to elevate their offerings enhancing user experiences and operational efficiency.

Spydus, renowned for its patron-centric approach, introduces innovative features tailored to empower library services and community engagement. Its key functionalities include a user-friendly discovery OPAC equipped with reader recommendations, seamless mobile applications, and integrated e-content for a comprehensive, user-centric experience.

The adoption of Spydus by GRLC anticipates improvements to efficiency and accessibility. Noteworthy features include:

  • Centralised Resource Management: Spydus consolidates resources, archives, digital content, and event management into a singular, comprehensive application, streamlining operations for staff and patrons alike.
  • Flexible Consortium Options: Providing cost-saving measures and resource optimisation, Spydus offers customisable consortium options adaptable to libraries of various sizes and types.
  • Empowering Self-Service Capabilities: Through Spydus, users gain increased autonomy, accessing a wide array of services independently, thereby reducing staff workload.

GRLC is Victoria’s largest public library service, operating library services on behalf of five member councils: Borough of Queenscliffe, City of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains Shire, and Surf Coast Shire. GRLC operates a network of 19 libraries, three mobile library services, community outreach activities and extensive digital platforms.

Vanessa Schernickau,


Geelong Regional Library Corporation is committed to fostering a thriving public library service that enriches the lives of residents and visitors across our region. The implementation of Spydus aligns with our vision. The new system is more user-friendly and intuitive for both our customers and our staff, it is easier and quicker to create memberships for multiple family members (and keep track of items loaned), find out borrowing history and reserve specific copies of magazines. We’re committed to continuing to ensure our service is as effective and user friendly as possible.

Iain Finlayson,

Managing Director Education APAC,


This partnership shows a significant milestone in the commitment of Geelong Regional Library Corporation to evolve with the changing needs of its residents. The integration of Spydus embodies a forward-thinking approach, ensuring that the libraries remain at the forefront of innovation, service delivery, and community engagement.