About Liberty

Liberty from Softlink is a cloud-based knowledge & content management and library automation solution which enables the management of all library resources, whether physical, electronic, or virtual, from a single platform. The system is used by public libraries, specialist libraries, academic and higher education institutions, law firms, nonprofit organizations, government, and more.

Liberty allows users to manage and report on all library resources from within a single platform. Various navigation and search options are built-in, including book carousel navigation, predictive text searching, full-text search, faceted search, and advanced federated search. Library staff and users can manage their own personal library profiles, allowing self-service requesting and reservation of resources, and loan renewals. The system is self-checkout ready, with support for barcode and RFID scanning, and allows MARC21 records to be imported from other databases and libraries around the world.

Liberty also offers a range of custom modules for managing different library functions. The acquisitions module is designed to streamline the ordering and receipt processes for resources, with users able to configure cost centers, funds, and budgets, track expenditure, and review running budgets. Integration with OverDrive allows users to download audiobooks and eBooks directly from within the search interface in Liberty, via eZRead. The serials module enables the management of subscriptions to electronic journals and periodicals, with automatic notification of new arrivals, automated check-in processing, cataloguing of individual articles, and more. Third party integrations supplement the library catalogue with book reviews, cover images, summaries, tables of contents, annotations, excerpts, author biographies, and other information. SIP2 integration also allows users to connect Liberty with security gates, self service machines, and other hardware.

Key benefits of Liberty

  • The acquisitions module allows users to set up cost centers, configure funds and budgets, track expenditure and review running budgets, and enter catalog records into the ordering screen.

  • The bookings module enables library users to place holds on resources for specific times, dates, and durations according to lending rules, which can be customized for teams or individual users.

  • The integrated federated search engine allows users to search multiple data sources in real time, with access to more than 1600 research databases.

  • The LibraryLink mobile app can be used to search, view, and reserve resources, renew loans, and download search results or reading lists using QR codes.

  • The serials module allows users to manage electronic journal and periodical subscriptions, with automatic email notifications to alert interested borrowers to new arrivals, automated check-in processing using publisher barcodes, the ability to catalog individual articles and upload contents pages, and more.

  • Devices

    Business size

    S M L

    Markets

    Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

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    Liberty allows users to manage all of their library's resources, whether physical, electronic, or virtual, from a single interface
    Full-text, predictive text, faceted, and federated search functionality is built into Liberty
    The advanced federated search can access more than 1600 research databases
    The Library Link app allows borrowers to manage their library profile from anywhere
    Library Link allows users to view resources, and displays their availability in the resource list
    Users can reserve resources through the Library Link app
    Detailed information on each resource can be accessed through the Library Link app
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    Liberty screenshot: Liberty allows users to manage all of their library's resources, whether physical, electronic, or virtual, from a single interface Liberty screenshot: Full-text, predictive text, faceted, and federated search functionality is built into Liberty Liberty screenshot: The advanced federated search can access more than 1600 research databases Liberty screenshot: The Library Link app allows borrowers to manage their library profile from anywhere Liberty screenshot: Library Link allows users to view resources, and displays their availability in the resource list Liberty screenshot: Users can reserve resources through the Library Link app Liberty screenshot: Detailed information on each resource can be accessed through the Library Link app

    Features

    Total features of Liberty: 46

    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Acquisition Management
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Asset Tracking
    • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
    • Barcoding/RFID
    • Booking Management
    • Cataloging/Categorization
    • Check Processing
    • Church Libraries
    • Circulation Management
    • Data Import/Export
    • Digital Asset Management
    • Email Management
    • Equipment Tracking
    • Fee Collection
    • Full Text Search
    • IT Asset Tracking
    • Interactive Content
    • Inventory Management
    • Law Libraries
    • Multiple Data Sources
    • OPAC
    • Online Catalog
    • Patron Management
    • Periodicals Management
    • Preview Functionality
    • Private Libraries
    • Public Libraries
    • Real Time Analytics
    • Real Time Notifications
    • Real Time Reporting
    • Reminders
    • Reservations Management
    • Reserve Shelf Management
    • Resource Management
    • SMS Messaging
    • School Libraries
    • Search/Filter
    • Self Check-in/Check-out
    • Self Service Portal
    • Serials Management
    • Single Sign On
    • Third Party Integrations
    • User Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,8 /5
    (10)
    Value for Money
    4,7/5
    Features
    4,5/5
    Ease of Use
    4,4/5
    Customer Support
    5/5

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    Jennifer B.
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    • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
    • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Reliable, with all the functionality I need

    Reviewed on 2020/05/12

    Liberty helps me efficiently maintain, promote and circulate our collection. Softlink is a trusted...

    Liberty helps me efficiently maintain, promote and circulate our collection. Softlink is a trusted partner.

    Pros

    Liberty is a solid tool. It does everything we need it to do. I use OPAC, Cataloging and Circulation. The OPAC is attractive and easy for users to navigate. Cataloging is straightforward and efficient; I import MARC records and edit them for our catalog. Circulation is quick and easy too. Above all, tech support is superb - they are friendly, knowledgeable, and responsive.

    Cons

    I create statistical reports every month and I wish I didn't have to re-enter the dates for each metric I am checking. Also, Liberty is set up to work well with bar codes, but we don't bar code our collection so we have to key in circulation data. (That is not really Liberty's fault though!)

    Response from Softlink Information Centres

    Hello Jennifer,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to review Liberty.

    We are delighted you find the functionality and performance of our library management system fulfils your requirements so well.

    Thank you for your endorsement of our Support team. We are proud of our support record and, like you, think our team is superb!

    Your review will be shared with the Softlink team and once again, thank you.

    Eric G.
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    • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Liberty is the total pakcage

    Reviewed on 2019/08/20

    Pros

    It has the ability to be tailored to specific information needs. Liberty is our institutional repository of journal articles (we publish two journals), books, papers, and website information. The Liberty home page provides quick reference to most used information along with quick reference to additional resources. Library users (our members) consider the library to be their major member benefit because of the usefulness of the catalog which is due to the capabilities of Liberty.

    Cons

    I would like to have a full MARC editor. The resource records are very powerful and have great functionality; but there are times that a would like to be able to edit the MARC record directly.

    Response from Softlink Information Centres

    Hello Eric,

    Thank you very much for taking the time to review Liberty.

    Your positive comments on Liberty and how it helps you to provide a great service to your users is wonderful to hear. That the Lum Library is considered by your users to be "their major benefit" must make you feel very proud!

    While Liberty does include full MARC Cataloguing and a MARC editor screen we understand that to complete some local authority changes you were able to so via the applicable option in Resources.

    We look forward to continuing our relationship with you and once again thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valued feedback.

    Kind Regards,

    The Softlink Team.

    David O.
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

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    Reviewed on 2019/07/30

    A couple of years ago we were encouraged to upgrade from Softlink's Oliver product which was more...

    A couple of years ago we were encouraged to upgrade from Softlink's Oliver product which was more for schools, to Liberty. It's very similar but is more appropriate for us. I really like the product and I think the customer support service is first rate. I attend their annual user group conference/meeting and this is also a great way to learn about upgrades past, present and planned. And it is great to be able to give direct feedback to Softlink staff about the product and give them ideas for changes or improvements to the functionality. They note these down and do investigate and look to implement where possible.

    Pros

    Lots of functionality and looks good on screen. Lots of help available through the online manual and Softlink support (people) is really responsive and helpful.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be a little non-intuitive. Or perhaps that's just me!

    Response from Softlink Information Centres

    Hello David,

    Thank you very much for taking the time to review Liberty and for your positive comments. We are especially happy to read your great comments about our Support Team - they are one of our greatest assets!

    Thank you for the constructive feedback. It has been passed on to our Support team.

    Once again David, thank you for taking the time to write your review, it is appreciated.

    Softlink Information Centers

    Steven C.
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    • Industry: Defense & Space
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Good value library management system

    Reviewed on 2021/03/22

    The ability to manage digital objects is very important. Overall, a very polished system for a...

    The ability to manage digital objects is very important. Overall, a very polished system for a cost effective solution. Having the system administered by good technical staff in a hosted environment is a great trouble free way to go.

    Pros

    The product was mainly easy to use. The developers were constantly updating the features. Each release was bite size, and good to keep up with. I liked the ability to customise each bib type or template. The ability to embed pdf files in the catalogue record was really useful as the world goes with digital objects.

    Cons

    The lack of integration of authorities with bibliographic records meant that keeping a clean database was more time consuming than it should. There is a real lack of efficiency in this area.

    Response from Softlink Information Centres

    Hello Steve,

    Thank you for your wonderful review. We are thrilled you continue to enjoy the advantages of using Liberty and our hosting service.

    We will continue to find ways to make Liberty even better and easier to use with every version release.

    Kind Regards,

    The Softlink IC Team

    Sian D.
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    • Industry: Pharmaceuticals
    • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Client support is unmatched

    Reviewed on 2019/08/06

    Pros

    Liberty is a versatile LMS with a lot of customisation options, most of which are accessible to your average competent computer user. Administrator level gives very high levels of control (v granular security too, for other users), in a pretty straightforward way for most purposes.

    Mostly I love the support team. I can spend ages trying to figure something out, or i can contact them and get detailed instructions same-day, usually very quickly. So you don't need to be an expert at all - you can just use the pros!

    Cons

    Some functionality feels opaque or is hard to implement the way we'd expect to. EG limiting which fields can be used on which page, makes sense in some ways, but then if we want to use the software for a non-standard library (primarily digital), there's a lot of 'paper loans' stuff that kinda gets in the way. I understand why it's there! It just isn't highly relevant to us.

    Response from Softlink Information Centres

    Hello Sian,

    Thank you very much for taking the time to review Liberty. Your feedback is valuable to us.

    We are delighted to read your positive comments on the system and praise for our Support team - they are great aren't they! We will most certainly pass that on to them.

    We look forward to continuing our relationship with you and your library colleagues.

    Once again, thank you for your constructive feed-back and positive comments.

    Kind Regards,

    The Softlink Team.

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    Liberty offers the following pricing plans:

    • Pricing model: Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

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    Liberty has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

    Liberty supports the following languages:

    English

    Liberty supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

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    Liberty offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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