The Royal Library of Denmark signs agreement with ICL to implement ALEPH500 as their new library solution.
The Royal Library, comprising the National Library of Denmark, the Copenhagen University Library and the Danish Museum of Books and Printing, is the largest Nordic library with 3 points of service, more than 146 kilometres of books and a total collection of more than 16 million units. Approximately 670,000 units are in circulation per year.
The Library is now embarking on an exciting development program. As a part of this modernization, the existing library system REX which has been in use since 1986 will be replaced by ALEPH500, chosen at the conclusion of an EU-wide tender. The contract was signed on July 1st with ICL, the exclusive ALEPH distributor for Scandinavia. The new ALEPH solution will be implemented by the time the Royal Library opens its new premises, The Diamond, situated at the Copenhagen Pier.
Under the contract, the Royal Library and ICL jointly will:
- Design and develop a "Compulsory Turn-in Client" as a vital function in accordance with the Danish Act of Compulsory Turn-in of Written Material.
- Adapt a new Reading Room client originally developed for The Royal Library of Sweden which should meet with the Danish national requirements
- Develop a modern management and information system as an important tool for extracting statistical information about the use of the Library
The new ALEPH system at the Royal Library will comprise 500 simultaneous users, twice the capacity of the old REX system, with an option to extend to 1500 users. The retro-conversion of the scaleable databases may extend to twice the existing capacity.
ALEPH500, developed and marketed world-wide by Ex Libris, is a well-established library system in use at a growing number of large European and American libraries.