Amsterdam Public Library has purchased AquaBrowser Library, signifying a monumental achievement for Medialab Solutions bv - the creators of the library search solution that is revolutionizing the way patrons seek information. Amsterdam is well-known as a cultural capital of Europe making this a giant leap forward for AquaBrowser Library to become the preferred search for Amsterdam Public Library. With a central library and 27 branches, Amsterdam is one of the largest municipal public library systems in The Netherlands.
Amsterdam Public Library's 3.5 million annual visitors will benefit from the latest version of AquaBrowser Library, a user-friendly interface, connecting not only to the library's own vast collection but an array of other resources such as:
- Nederlands/Amsterdams Uit Bureau - a fully searchable database of events (musical performances, films, parties, political events, religious events, theatre, etc.) going on in Amsterdam
- Bibliotheek.nl module - connects the Amsterdam catalog with the national newspaper databank, 'al@din' (a Dutch Question Point resource)
- Centrale Discotheek Rotterdam -- the Dutch national collection of music, available through the Amsterdam Public Library, in addition to the library's own collection
- This is the first time a library's catalog will be connected to Uit Bureau. Uit Bureau (partner to Amsterdam PL, is in itself an essential source for all cultural events in all the major cities in The Netherlands that is always connected live. If a user searches for 'Paul McCartney' in a search for an album, the search results will offer any upcoming performances by Paul McCartney right along the search results in one step!
This new system will go live in March 2006, with integrated search capabilities of all resources and also with special tabs for Music, Kids and Amsterdam. Amsterdam Public Library will take the popularity of AquaBrowser Library to a completely new level.
More than 70% of public libraries in The Netherlands use AquaBrowser Library as their primary catalog search solution. AquaBrowser Library is also the preferred search solution of over 50 libraries in the U.S., stretching from the east to the west coasts. Amsterdam Public Library is a trend-setter in the global library realm and Medialab Solutions is very pleased to work together with a contemporary library that is also known for its innovative approach. Huge consideration is being given to the Amsterdam library patron and the exact needs of the Amsterdam Public Library System.