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Why are we getting a new library system?

The background for implementing a new library system at the Royal Danish Library

The Royal Danish Library has implemented a completely new library system on Tuesday the 19th of November, 2019.

The reason for this is that the former State & University Library in Aarhus and the former Royal Library in Copenhagen merged on the 1st of January, 2017. The merged parties have used different IT platforms to procure, register and make available to users their library resources. Therefore, within the existing framework, it has not been possible to establish a common library system, which can meet the overall library requirements for technical functionality, scalability, professional workflows, as well as supporting current and future institutional, national and international cooperation relations.

The new library system serves as a common search interface for all library users, and supports shared workflows for the library's employees.  

It will ensure consistent user experiences across the organisation, so that the library's services and materials can be accessed seamlessly by the affiliated universities as well as by all other users.

Material from the university libraries of Aarhus University, Aalborg University, IT University, University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University are all a part of the new common system. In addition, it brings together all the underlying operational processes and systems in order to achieve the necessary economies of scale through common organisation, common workflows and policies, as well as common resource and competence sharing.

For these reasons, on the 19th of November, 2019, we changed-over to an entirely new, common library system.