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Adlib Library Lite

a source of knowledge

Adlib Library Lite is specially designed for cataloguing and knowledge management in smaller libraries and private bibliographic collections. Adlib Library Lite is, like all Adlib software applications, comprehensive and flexible, but best of all, Adlib Library Lite is totally free.

User friendly

Adlib software is well known for being exceptionally efficient and easy to work with, and we have not compromised these strengths in Adlib Library Lite.

Data is entered and viewed through clearly structured screens offering on-line help, drop-down lists and look-up tables to make cataloguing straightforward. Every user can personalise their software by setting their preferred font type and size, toolbar layout, image viewer settings and much more.

The catalogue

At the heart of Adlib Library Lite is the catalogue. This database enables the extensive title descriptions of books, audio visual materials, periodicals, articles and digital resources such as web sites and documents.

The information is entered and presented on easy to use screen tabs. Each user can determine to what extent the descriptions are entered in the database. It is possible to link descriptions to external files such as Word documents, Excel documents, PDFs and web sites. The catalogue offers, among other features, the following :

  • general description and location (shelf mark);
  • abstract, classification and keywords;
  • administrative details;
  • unlimited number of copies per title description;
  • accessions list;
  • link with external files and databases.

  • Keywords

    Keywords or names that you enter are automatically validated against your own ‘dictionary’. New words may easily be added as you go along. This assures the quality of your data entry, search results, and greatly improves the efficiency of your work.

    Easy searching

    With Adlib Library Lite you can find what you are looking for quickly and easily. There are two ways of searching. With the Search wizard the user has quick and easy access to indexes available like title words, author, keywords and year of publication. A search form is also available. This makes it even easier to do combined queries.

    Data matters!

    We’ve been in this business long enough to understand that your data is of great value, and that you don’t want it to be ‘locked in’ to a particular format or system.

    That’s why we’ve made it easy to get your data out of Adlib in a variety of standard formats, such as XML. Our use of XML guarantees that your data entry work is fully future-proof.

    Linking images and multimedia

    In addition to text, it is possible to link one or more images or sound and/or video clips to the catalogue. This can, for instance, be used to link scanned book covers or tables of contents.

    Extracting data from other databases

    One of the most powerful features of Adlib is the ‘Derive record’ option. This means that usually there is no need to enter catalogue information yourself. Instead, Adlib users can simply search vast external catalogues such as the British Library or Library of Congress and simply derive information from those databases over the internet. No need to re-invent the wheel when you work with Adlib.


    With the easy to use print assistant, you can create printed reports of any selection of collection records. You have the choice of a number of predefined page lay-outs.

    Let’s get started!

    Library Lite can be downloaded for free via the download link on the left of this page.

    The automatic installation procedure is very straightforward and assumes no technical knowledge. After installation, you can get to work straight away. Included with the software is a Library Lite user guide. Online help texts are available on all screens throughout the application. Active support for Adlib Lite products is not available.

    Library Lite Brochure PDF