BiblioCon ’23 is Taking Place Online on September 20-22

Toronto, Ontario, August 3, 2023 — BiblioCon, the Online Public Library Conference hosted by BiblioCommons, is back this year and will be hosted online from September 20-22, 2023.

BiblioCommons Appoints Marty Tarle as General Manager

Toronto, Ontario, June 23, 2023 — BiblioCommons is pleased to announce the appointment of Marty Tarle as the new General Manager of BiblioCommons as of July 1, 2023. Marty will replace Sebastien Lopes, who will transition into a new role within the parent company, Volaris Group, leading multiple companies in the library industry.

2022 Year in Review

Patron-centered and industry-informed: BiblioCommons helps libraries exceed patron expectations by delivering tech industry-quality public library experiences. In 2022, BiblioCommons products and services continued to evolve while prioritizing patron functionality and supporting the online public library experience with a specific focus on data, accessibility, DEI, security, self-service, and functionality to delight library staff and patrons.

BiblioCon ’22 Registration is Open to All Public Libraries

Toronto, Ontario, July 14, 2022 — BiblioCon, the Online Public Library Conference hosted by BiblioCommons is back this year with incredible new speakers and insightful sessions that cover various topics about the digital library experience. Like last year, this year's event will be held virtually to enable audiences from far and wide to attend.

New Library Partners Subscribe to BiblioCommons in 2022

Toronto, Ontario, May 31, 2022 — Two extremely exciting partnerships were formed between public libraries and BiblioCommons in the first few months of 2022. Glenview Public Library and Harris County Public Library are now members of the BiblioCommons shared digital platform. The BiblioTeam is thrilled to work with these two incredible libraries to help them unlock the full potential of the web to welcome, inspire, and connect their communities.

2021 Year in Review

Toronto, Ontario, Feb 4, 2022 — As we look back at the past year, we recognize more than ever before how incredible public libraries are and how critical they are in bringing communities together. Unlike 2020, 2021 was the first full year where all nations around the globe faced COVID-19 challenges every single day of the year. While the new “normal” was different for everyone, we’ve seen unprecedented levels of communication, collaboration, and resourcefulness at a large scale across nations and in smaller circles across communities and neighborhoods. With strength and resilience, public libraries demonstrated their agility in serving their patrons and communities. The impact public libraries make in patrons’ lives is undeniable and truly inspirational.

BiblioCommons Welcomes New Library Partners in the Second Quarter of 2021

Toronto, Ontario, July 7, 2021 — BiblioCommons formed new partnerships with public libraries across the United States and Canada in the second quarter of the year. The BiblioCommons team is excited at the opportunity to work with new consortia and public libraries of all sizes in urban, suburban, and rural areas across North America. Newly subscribed libraries include Yuma County Library District, the Ontario Library Consortium, and Westerville Public Library. These libraries are either on Symphony or Sierra ILSs (Integrated Library Systems.) BiblioCommons will work closely with the new partners to help transform their online library services into more engaging and rewarding experiences.

BiblioEmail Is Now Included with BiblioWeb as Part of a Digital Experience Platform

Toronto, Ontario, June 23, 2021 — Connecting patrons to programs and services provided by public libraries is a fundamental goal of all libraries and their stakeholders. The most effective way for libraries to connect to users is via a holistic digital experience that includes engaging content, dynamic events listings, and relevant email communications. To that end, the team at BiblioCommons is pleased to share that BiblioEmail, the email marketing tool that was released in February of 2021, is now included with BiblioWeb, the most robust content management system and webpage builder for public libraries.

9 New Library Partnerships Formed in the First Quarter of 2021

Toronto, Ontario, April 12, 2021 — In the first three months of 2021, BiblioCommons formed new partnerships with public libraries across the United States. Newly subscribed libraries include Canton Public Library, Chandler Public Library, East Chicago Public Library, Elk Grove Village Public Library, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture, Herrick District Library, Kenton County Public Library, Strathcona County Library Board, and Tulsa City-County Library.

BiblioCommons Launches BiblioEmail: Integrated, Accessible, Automated Email Marketing Designed for Public Libraries

Toronto, Ontario, February 24, 2021 — Officially announced today at the BiblioCon '21 Welcome Keynote, BiblioEmail is now available to all public libraries for pre-order as part of the BiblioCommons suite of services.

BiblioCommons Welcomes New Library Partners During the Fourth Quarter of 2020

Toronto, Ontario, December 30, 2020 — BiblioCommons is pleased to announce that new libraries have come onboard as partners during the fourth quarter of 2020. The new partner libraries include Lakeland Library Cooperative, Hayward Public Library, OWLSnet Library Consortium, Margate City Public Library, Delaware County District Library, and Oakland Public Library.

BiblioCon ’21 is Online and Open to All Public Library Staff

Toronto, Ontario, December 9, 2020 — BiblioCommons is proud to announce the launch of registration for BiblioCon ‘21, BiblioCommons' bi-ennial public library conference. This year’s all virtual event will bring together public libraries and BiblioCommons team members for interactive sessions, networking events, and more.

Appointment of a New General Manager for BiblioCommons

Toronto, Ontario, December 1, 2020 — BiblioCommons is pleased to announce that Sebastien Lopes has been appointed General Manager of BiblioCommons as of December 1, 2020. Sebastien Lopes will be replacing Matt Goddard, who will be transitioning to a sister company under the Volaris Group of companies.

BiblioCommons Releases New Enhanced Discovery and Online Browsing

Toronto, Ontario, November 25, 2020 — With public library buildings across North America closed or restricting access, connecting patrons with the library's collections online has never been more critical. BiblioCommons has released new functionality in the BiblioCore catalog that creates an enhanced online browsing experience facilitating endless routes for patrons to discover what to read, watch or listen to next — even when they can’t physically browse the shelves at the library. “I literally LOVED this new update. As a bookie, I love exploring new books and genres.” - Edmonton Public Library Patron

BiblioCommons Launches New BiblioApps to Deepen Patron Engagement

Toronto, Ontario, September 22, 2020 — The BiblioCommons team is proud to announce the launch of the all-new BiblioApps for Android. Unlike other apps for public libraries, BiblioApps is designed in the context of the full patron experience. BiblioApps broadens and deepens patron engagement with the public library by providing an exceptional, personalized, modern mobile experience that is now available for both iOS and Android platforms. “When I saw the new BiblioCommons app, I became a believer in going back to a mobile app solution,” says Anthony White, Web Systems Manager at Arapahoe Libraries.

BiblioCommons Launches New Features to Support Libraries in an Online-Only Environment

Toronto, Ontario, May 8, 2020—The BiblioCommons Team is proud to announce a number of new feature improvements across the BiblioCommons platform to support libraries in serving their communities in an all, or mostly, online environment. As public libraries closed their buildings to the public in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at BiblioCommons reached out to our library partners to determine which enhancements would help the most as libraries worked to deliver and enhance online services to their communities. These new enhancements include…

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BiblioCommons Acquired by Volaris Group

Toronto, Ontario February 10th, 2020 – On February 10th, 2020 Volaris Group finalized the acquisition of BiblioCommons. Volaris is a Canadian software success story that is focused on acquiring, strengthening and growing vertical market software companies.

Research Shows Higher Overall Library Usage in Public Libraries that Use BiblioCommons

In order to determine the impact of subscribing to its public library software, BiblioCommons recently retained an independent consultant to complete an in-depth statistical analysis of the impact of BiblioCommons online services on North American public libraries.

BiblioCommons Announces a New Automated Marketing Product Plus Newly Built BiblioWeb and BiblioApps

This week at the American Library Association conference in Washington, D.C., Product Directors from BiblioCommons will share new versions of BiblioWeb and BiblioApps, as well as introduce BiblioEmail, an exciting new email marketing service developed specifically for public libraries.

BiblioCommons 2018 Year in Review

2017 was a lively year of change and growth at BiblioCommons! We’ve welcomed many new libraries for both BiblioCore and BiblioWeb, and have more libraries getting ready to launch.

BiblioCommons featured in Library Systems Report 2018

“BiblioCommons stands out as the only commercial interface able to displace the built-in catalogs of major ILS products.”

BiblioCommons Features “FRBRized” Grouped Search Results in BiblioCore Catalog—Live with Libraries Across the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand

For years the library community has been dreaming of a 'FRBRized' catalog. After many iterations and a year of live beta testing, BiblioCommons has realized this dream by launching Grouped Search for libraries using the BiblioCore catalog across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

BiblioCommons Announces the Upcoming Release of BiblioWeb V3.0

Eight years after its initial launch, BiblioCommons is proud to announce the upcoming release of version 3.0 of its BiblioWeb website-building and content-publishing platform.

BiblioCommons 2017 Year in Review

2017 was a lively year of change and growth at BiblioCommons! We’ve welcomed many new libraries for both BiblioCore and BiblioWeb, and have more libraries getting ready to launch.

BiblioCommons 2016 Year In Review

2016 has been a very exciting year for the team at BiblioCommons! We’ve welcomed many new libraries to our family, both as BiblioCore and BiblioWeb libraries. We’ve made great strides toward increased accessibility and in making our products mobile responsive.

BiblioCommons Now Powered by Clean, Renewable Electricity

As of January 2017, BiblioCommons has partnered with Bullfrog Power to enable a green online presence for public libraries, and to support the supply of green energy. By choosing to power our BiblioCore and BiblioWeb production servers with 100% green electricity, BiblioCommons is taking a step to reduce its carbon-emission footprint, and those of its partner libraries.

BiblioCommons Announces Extension of Digital Resource Integration with BiblioCloudRecords Service

Extending its integration of digital resources into library catalogs and continuous investment in record enrichment, BiblioCommons today announced its intent to provide automated eContent catalog records to libraries through its new BiblioCloudRecords service. The service will eliminate the need for libraries to upload and manage eContent MARC records in their integrated library system (ILS). The BiblioCloud Records module will launch with OverDrive titles and be available in fall of 2016.

BiblioCommons Partners with Hennepin County Library, Douglas County Libraries, Kansas City Area Libraries and Many More to Deliver Best-in-Class Digital Experience Platform

BiblioCommons is excited to announce a number of new public library partnerships in the first quarter of 2016. Hennepin County Library (MN), Douglas County Libraries (CO), Arapahoe Libraries (CO), St. Louis Public Library (MO), MARINet (CA), Kansas City Public Library (MO), Mid-Continent Public Library (MO), Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (KS), Vaughan Public Libraries (ON), Kokomo-Howard County Library (IN), and Daviess County Public Library (KY) have all started implementing the BiblioCommons Digital Experience Platform in the first few months of 2016.

Announcing BiblioWeb: New Name. New Flexibility. New Library Partners.

BiblioCommons is pleased to announce BiblioWeb as part of the best in class digital experience platform for public libraries. Originally launched as BiblioCMS, the name was determined to be too limiting, as it did not convey the full range of features available with the product. Newly rebranded as BiblioWeb, the offering provides much more than a traditional content management system and features library-specific workflows far more robust than what is available in traditional CMS options such as WordPress or Drupal.

BiblioCommons 2015 Year In Review

2015 was another exciting year for the team at BiblioCommons! This year saw many new libraries come on board as well as a notable increase in the number of libraries adopting our BiblioCMS content management system to take advantage of the integrated website, catalog, and events platform.

Partners with Penguin Random House to Expand eBook Offerings

BiblioCommons, the only software vendor to focus exclusively on the online experience of public library patrons, announced today that it has expanded its eBook offerings through a new agreement with Penguin Random House. The agreement will add over 38,000 eBook titles to those already available to libraries through the BiblioDigital eBook acquisitions platform.

BiblioCommons Delivers a Fully Integrated Website, Catalog and Community Engagement Platform to Leading Public Libraries

Many leading public libraries are seeing new opportunities to create fully integrated, engaging websites that attract and retain patrons online with the new BiblioCommons website management platform. BiblioCMS enables libraries to provide a truly integrated online patron experience, delivered through a shared, software-as-a-service platform.

BiblioCommons Unveils New Mobile Friendly Catalog and More Patron-Friendly Enhancements at ALA

BiblioCommons is pleased to debut a newly designed BiblioCore catalog at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2015. The redesigned catalog features responsive design, streamlined search results, and unique enhancements to support readers’ advisory.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Partners with BiblioCommons for Enhanced Catalog and Discovery

Columbus Metropolitan Library, one of the highest rated public libraries in the United States, has partnered with BiblioCommons for an enhanced catalog and discovery layer that will work in conjunction with the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS).

San Diego Public Library Partners with BiblioCommons for an Enhanced Catalog and Social Discovery Platform

BiblioCommons Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership with the San Diego Public Library to implement BiblioCore, the integrated public library catalog that promotes social discovery and connects large urban and suburban libraries worldwide.

Making The Invisible Visible: BiblioCommons Named Winner of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries

BiblioCommons Inc., in partnership with Boston Public Library, will build a mobile-based app to give patrons a deeper experience at the library, provide them with personalized recommendations and help them collaborate with library staff. The idea was named a winner of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge on Libraries.

BiblioCommons 2014 Year in Review

The year 2014 was eventful for the team at BiblioCommons, with many exciting developments, new public libraries joining the platform, and, most notably, a newly built and launched BiblioCMS service to provide a fully integrated catalog and public library website management service.

BiblioCommons Presents Library Staff Training with Readers’ Advisor Extraordinaire Nancy Pearl

BiblioCommons Inc. is pleased to present staff training with Nancy Pearl, avid reader and readers’ advisor, and one of the reading culture’s best known librarians. Staff at libraries using the BiblioCore catalog are encouraged to attend the online training on September 24 and 25. The sessions will be recorded and archived video links will be made available to all BiblioCommons libraries for use in ongoing staff training.

Pima County Public Library Partners with BiblioCommons for Integrated Catalog Discovery Layer and Website Management Platform

The Pima County Public Library, with 27 branches in Tucson, Arizona and the surrounding communities, has partnered with BiblioCommons for a new integrated catalog discovery layer and website management platform. This new website and catalog will transform the Pima County Public Library online presence into a staff and patron engagement platform, ensuring that the Pima County Library continues to thrive as a community hub, both online and in person.

BiblioCommons Launches Integrated Catalog and Website Management Platform in Partnership with Chicago Public Library

BiblioCommons Inc. announces a new integrated catalog and website management platform built in partnership with Chicago Public Library. Funded with an investment from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the new Chicago Public Library website launched officially on April 9, and provides library patrons with an integrated and engaging user experience as they browse their library’s collections, services, locations, and events.

BiblioCommons and Brooklyn Public Library Partner to Develop Library Digital Badging System

The Brooklyn Public Library and BiblioCommons Inc. are the recipients of a $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create and pilot a library-based digital badging system built on the Mozilla Open Badges standard.

BiblioCommons 2013: A Year in Review

2013 was another exciting and action-packed year for the BiblioCommons Team. BiblioCommons product offerings continue to evolve from a catalog to a complete online public library experience—with newly developed services such BiblioDigital and BiblioCMS, new tools to improve both customer service and staff efficiency such as the Suggest for Purchase module, and much more development around online engagement and supporting literacy via Summer Sites.

King County Library System Partners with BiblioCommons for Enhanced Catalog and Discovery

King County Library System, one of the most innovative and busy libraries in the United States, has partnered with BiblioCommons for an enhanced catalog and discovery layer that will work in conjunction with the Evergreen ILS.

Chicago Public Library Foundation and BiblioCommons Announce Integrated Web Services Collaboration

The Chicago Public Library Foundation and BiblioCommons announced a three-year partnership to accelerate innovation in the Chicago Public Library’s online experience. The partnership will expand on the BiblioCore catalog which is currently live at New York Public Library, Boston Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and many other large libraries but will also include a re-developed website and will feature integrated cross-marketing of collections, events, and services and enhanced community engagement throughout the integrated Chicago Public Library catalog and website.

A Quick Look Back: New BiblioCommons Services and Developments of 2012

eBooks, education, and online engagement were the focus of the BiblioCommons team in 2012. In addition to exciting new services and enhancements, BiblioCommons cheerfully welcomed new partner libraries from large urban and suburban areas including Brooklyn Public Library (NY), Austin Public Library (TX), Multnomah County Library (OR), Omaha Public Library (NE), Tulsa City-County Library (OK), Princeton Public Library (NJ), Central Rappahannock Regional Library (VA), Salt Lake City Public Library (UT), Santa Monica Public Library (CA), and others.

“An Astoundingly Elegant Solution” E-Content Seamlessly Integrated into Library Catalogs

In response to requests from partner libraries and patrons, BiblioCommons has developed a seamless integration of e-books and other digital content lending within existing public library catalogs.

A Look Back: 2011 New Features In BiblioCore

One advantage of a shared code base and our emphasis on configuration rather than customization is that the BiblioCommons team can quickly develop, test, and implement new versions of BiblioCore—the heart of our services and our complete OPAC replacement service—every 3-4 weeks.

A Look Back: 2011 New Services at BiblioCommons

2011 was a very big year for BiblioCommons, and thanks to all our partner libraries, BiblioCommons grew from 500,000 to 1,600,000+ registered users. A number of new services were developed in 2011.