Welcome to OPALS !
OPALS is a proven, open source automated library system. Whether your library has hundreds of resources or millions, there is likely a library just like yours that has adopted OPALS. Well over 1000 libraries around the world use OPALS every day to manage library resources that hundreds of thousands of library members can access on the Web in their institutions, at home or at a local cafe.
Explore our Website, discover OPALS’ many features, technical support and engineering framework and contact us to set up a free hosted demonstration system. Upload all of your data and in 24 to 48 hours you and your community can explore OPALS’ every nook and cranny in the familiar context of your own library data.
In addition to a thorough system assessment, you will get to sample OPALS’ librarian-acclaimed technical support. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
- Cooperatively developed
- Feature rich
- Open source
- Professional management
- Professional development
- Professional support
- Lowest Total Cost of Ownership
This alternative technology provides Internet access to:
- Information databases
- Library collections
- Digital resources (eBooks, Video streaming)
- Digital archives.
OPALS technology serves 0ver 2000 libraries around the world:
- Health services
- Faith communities
- Union catalogs (ex. ILL services)
There is no need to install software or purchase and maintain expensive computer servers or software licenses to implement this powerful, turnkey Internet accessible system. The “total cost of ownership” is demonstrably and undeniably sustainable.
We can either host and maintain OPALS on our servers or we can work with your staff to install and support it at your site. Experienced programmers and technical support staff update and maintain the program, giving this open source initiative a responsive support framework that is essential for institutions that serve the public. Perceptions 2012: An International Survey of Library Automation published by Library Technology Guides lists OPALS among the top two ILS programs for system, company and customer support satisfaction.
OPALS Demo Site
The best way to determine whether OPALS is a good fit for your library is to experience it in the familiar context of your library’s data. Our staff can set up an evaluation site into which we can upload your library’s MARC bibliographic records. In most cases, these sites are ready for you to evaluate within 24 hours. During the evaluation period, you will be able to try all of the system’s features and have access to OPALS support staff.
Check our Demo site to learn more about OPALS and to experience all of its features.
OPALS Support and Hosting
Media Flex supports OPALS in the United States. There are no license fees for OPALS and reasonably priced cooperative support & update fees and Internet hosting services provide funding for full-time outstanding technical support and computer engineering staff.
Bibliofiche provides support & services for Canadian and international libraries.