About Access-It Library

Accessit Library is a web-based library management system for schools which enables the recording and searching of all teaching resources, including video and audio content, e-books, digital documents, and subscriptions. The platform offers Z39.50 cataloguing, intelligent search, engaging dashboards, integrations with existing IT systems, and more.

With Accessit Library, teachers and students can search the library catalog from any internet-enabled device, with native apps available for Android and iOS. Intelligent search recognizes truncations and misspellings to ensure that users can find what they are looking for, and simultaneous multi-provider search lets users discover information on local physical and electronic resources as well as search across Britannica, Gale, and many other sites.

Accessit Library allows teachers to access and manage teaching resources in a range of formats, create reading lists, and deliver electronic documents and moderated online content to students. Each student has their own library account, through which they can check item availability, reserve and renew items, read and write reviews, track their on loan and overdue items, and create citations. Accessit Library also offers a range of management and financial reports to provide principals and administrators with insight into how their library and learning resources are being used school-wide.

Key benefits of Access-It Library

• A range of teaching resource types can be cataloged, including physical books, e-books, PDFs and electronic documents, podcasts, videos, multimedia files, and more.

• Accessit One Search allows users to simultaneously search physical and electronic resources across a range of online content providers, and intelligent search functionality recognizes any truncations or misspellings within searches.

• Students can connect their own devices to Accessit Library to search the catalog from anywhere, and the interface can be configured to engage students.

• Recurring day-to-day tasks, such as cataloging, overdues tracking, and notifications by email can be automated to reduce the workload of library staff.

• Students can reserve items, renew their loans, check availability, read and write book reviews, create citations, and manage their library account online.

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Australia, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English

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With Accessit Library's native mobile apps, students can search the library catalog and manage reading lists from their smartphone
Items on reading lists can be reserved online, and students track their loans and overdue items
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Access-It Library screenshot: With Accessit Library's native mobile apps, students can search the library catalog and manage reading lists from their smartphone Access-It Library screenshot: Items on reading lists can be reserved online, and students track their loans and overdue items

Features

Total features of Access-It Library: 42

  • Acquisition Management
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Circulation Management
  • Content Library
  • Data Visualization
  • Database Support
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Email Management
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Fee Collection
  • HTML5 Technology
  • Inventory Management
  • Law Libraries
  • Multi-Language
  • OPAC
  • Online Catalog
  • Patron Management
  • Periodicals Management
  • Private Libraries
  • Public Libraries
  • RFID Scanning
  • Ratings / Reviews
  • Records Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • 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
  • Usage Tracking/Analytics
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,7 /5
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Value for Money
4,7/5
Features
4,5/5
Ease of Use
4,5/5
Customer Support
4,6/5

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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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Documentation and research has been made easy with Access-it Library

Reviewed on 2021/04/19

Pros

With Access-it Library, our documentation centre has been able to manage a bank of digitised and born-digital reports and instruments relevant to the needs of our institution's stakeholders.

Access-it Library is a darling to stakeholders whose work schedule is always tight. The patrons simply search and download the relevant files in audio format that they would listen to while driving or having a snack.

Furthermore, Access-it Library is user friendly. Patrons enjoy using the single access point which gives them results from institutional repositories, websites, digital libraries and other such variety of sources.

To provide computer literacy training to new patrons, I have largely relied on video tutorials which I download using Access-it Library's OPAC.

The interactive feature of Access-it Library has enabled patrons to access their own accounts, book resources and make acquisitions recommendations.

Cons

Administrators would wish the acquisition of Access-it Library was by means of once-off payment, unlike the prevailing subscription-basis.

As more and more patrons download video files, our internet infrastucture experiences bandwidth issues.

Lynn V.
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  • Industry: Libraries
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Why librarians love Access-It...

Reviewed on 2016/12/12

When we needed a new library management system the standout product that my local librarians raved...

When we needed a new library management system the standout product that my local librarians raved about was Access-It. I've used a large number of different databases throughout my 24-year library career, mostly in tertiary and public libraries, so I'm a very confident and experienced user and expect a lot from any system. We've been using Access-It at our school for two years now and it continually delivers a fantastic user-friendly system with support and training second to none. That is incredibly important when most school librarians are usually in a sole position and have little time to muck around with a system that does not work well. Access-It saves time and delivers at every level. Stocktaking is a breeze. Updating records and cataloging is quick and easy. You can load bibliographic records, videos, websites, pdf's...we even use it for our board game collections. I'm currently creating an archive of e-documents about our WW1 old boys which the students will also contribute information towards. Very exciting! It works seamlessly with our Kamar student management system, and OneSearch has made it so much easier for our students to get access to subject databases and learning resources.

However, the thing I like best about Access-It is that they are continuously developing their system so that it delivers more and keeps up with technology. The changes are always impressive with each upgrade, they really are innovative. Every roadshow I have been to, and we all really look forward to these each year, is a buzz of questions, suggestions, and ideas. I've been to heaps of vendor training sessions over the years and usually they just present what they offer. Access- It do this, but more importantly ask us what else we want, what we don't like and what could be done better - they really like to speak with us and see how things are going - it's so nice to be respected and valued. Better still, so many of the suggestions are acted upon.

Along with this are the training and support. They got everything set up for us when we transferred systems, and the training sessions with Cynthia were great. If you're stuck or something is not working for you (it happens) - you can ring the helpdesk or go over their tutorial videos, online support - whatever suits you, you'll get help and advice and get back on track. This really is a great product and I totally recommend any school in investing in it - so many of us have and love it!!

Pros

Ease of use for both the students and staff and for me as the Librarian. It saves time and delivers and top-of-the-range database, catalog and information resource for our school.

Cons

It would be great if you could do something on the Action list and once it was sorted, it would take you back to the list, rather than the homepage, but hey, I can live with that!

Jen N.
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  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

From the perspective of a special library has a number of functional issues.

Reviewed on 2018/04/16

Pros

I am not sure, but as their focus is on school libraries perhaps that isn't a surprise. The back-end is much better to use than the front, but is still very limited.

Cons

The back-end is OK but not flexible or intuitive. Some editable fields (eg ISBN) appear un-editable because they are displayed differently to the editable fields and you need to know to right click on them. The advanced search is very clunky and has limited genuine advanced search capacity. The front end display isn't flexible and the default display doesn't contain the fields that I would like to include. It cannot print a subset of the search results in the short form. The system cuts out all the time, with both the cloud-based and internal server based product. Apparently this is a known flaw and while I have been given a workaround, that just means it crashes a little less often. As a result I need to re-enter a lot of new records. There are no analytics for assessing the use of the system (as opposed to say circulation stats which measure use of the collection). Staff are very pleasant when you can get them to respond, but not great for resolving issues. My last 6 emails and 2 phone calls have remained unanswered. The front end has limited branding so it is impossible for a seamless interface with the rest of the corporate website.

Response from Accessit Library

You are of course using an older version of the software. The latest version has been available for some time, and is freely available for you to upgrade. In addition, it is always useful to get training on the latest releases so that you are aware of best practice. You might also consider going to the training roadshow that is in your region. And with a growing number of specialist libraries now using Accessit, we're adding new features on a regular basis to cater for changing requirements - all of which you can take advantage of at no additional cost.

Also, don't forget to contact our support desk, as they are always happy to talk to you about what you are trying to do, and can provide you with suggestions - so you don't have to try to figure it out in isolation.

Jan L.
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  • Industry: Libraries
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Access-it Version 9

Reviewed on 2018/08/13

I started working in this library when we were still doing a lot of manual cataloging and Access-it...

I started working in this library when we were still doing a lot of manual cataloging and Access-it was in its infancy. It has been interesting to watch how it has grown and developed in response to feedback from the library community. Access-it has helped me manage a greater work load with less hours. To be honest, I can't imagine trying to do my job without it!

Pros

I use Access-it in my primary school library. There are lots of amazing features available but 'automated cataloguing' would have to be the most user-friendly and time saving feature in the programme for me.
For the staff (particularly at report time) the teachers love being able to get a detailed report on what their students have been borrowing and reading to discuss with the parents. Our students love searching and using the Webapp, which not only looks attractive, but is easy to update from a management viewpoint. One search is a brilliant feature to offer both students and the staff quick and easy access to reputable websites.

Cons

I have just migrated to Version9 and there are a couple of glitches still to iron out, but the team at Access-it are very responsive to helping solve any problems so I am confident that these minor issues will be sorted shortly. Other than that I am very happy.

Rosalie K.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Accessit Library as from a long time user in a primary school - years 1 to 8.

Reviewed on 2018/09/05

I have used Accessit Library since about version 4 when it was run with Filemaker Pro on Apple...

I have used Accessit Library since about version 4 when it was run with Filemaker Pro on Apple hardware. There have been continual improvements, updates and bug fixing since then. The school switched from Apple computers to PCs running Microsoft Windows when version 5 or 6 was being used, we are now using version 9 and loving it. The annual Roadshow Training is well run and great for networking, learning more about the various features, asking questions, voicing concerns, providing feedback and even suggesting possible improvements. The presenters note down the suggestions and any other concerns people might have. I have seen a number of suggestions from sessions attended come through in the programme. Well done!

Pros

Ease of use. Originally designed for school libraries and is still working extremely well in that environment. Support is easy to access by phone, email or through the customer portal. The many helpful videos available on how to use the variaus basic and more advanced features of the programme.

Cons

Cannot think of anything as I really do like using this software.

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Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile)

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