Services Library Software Includes Support for Z39.50 Allowing You To Catalogue Faster and Search The Catalogue Records of Other Libraries.

The Z39.50 protocol is an International standard, which allows libraries to access catalogue records in other libraries easily. Z39.50 allows users to search the catalogues of major libraries anywhere in the world  and to import as much of these professionally catalogued records as you want in seconds.

Major libraries supporting Z39.50 include the British Library, the Library of Congress, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales and major publishers.

Compared with manually typing up catalogues, Z39.50 provides cataloguing which is:

  • much faster - scanning an ISBN number is a particularly fast way to import a catalogue record
  • free of typing mistakes
  • consistent
  • to professional standards
  • free - many catalogue sources are FREE
  • timesaving - typing is slow compard with scanning a barcode and clicking on a button.

All catalogue records imported may be visually enhanced by reference to Amazon book covers to provide colorful catalogue images for your users to view and by reference to Google reviews. A catalogue record is visually engaging and presented to impress your users and encourage reading. support three levels of Z39.50:

  • ZClient - Z39.50 for library adminstrators - This allows library staff to easily import catalogue records in seconds and is supplied as standard in the core licence.
  • ZServer - allows other libraries to access and import your catalogue records with suitable protection protection e.g. user name, password, port number and ip address. This is particulalry relevant if you have professional cataloguers.
  • ZOPAC - This allows your users to search other libraries through your library catalogue portal or OPAC. Would you users like to see what other libraries have in their collections? library software provides an integrated Z39.50 Client (also known as ZClient) within the Catalogue module for easily searching of other libraries and databases.

The ZClient has an additional benefit of being able to select a range of cataloguesrecords from the results of a search for the bulk import of catalogue records.

The ZOpacs module has the added benefit of displaying bibliographic holdings (copies) as well as the circulation status (e.g. On Loan) for supported Z39.50 platforms, making it ideal for library consortia. understands librarians and their work, we are here to help and respond to all your requests; All our services and library software are backed by our specialist library software Support Team: Learn more About Us .

These are a few of benefits that our team and library software can bring to your library, if you would like more information about our library software and Z39.50; please Contact Us you will hear back from us within 48 hours or telephone +44(0)1256 300 790