June 27, 2022 Watford, UK – SirsiDynix is delighted to announce that the London Borough of Haringey is the latest member to join The Libraries Consortium (TLC), a rapidly expanding network of public library authorities in the UK, sharing technology, stock and expertise. The Consortium delivers one of the models defined by the British Library's recommendations paper, Digital Transformation for UK public libraries: five approaches to a 'Single Digital Presence', which sets out what a national online platform (or "single digital presence") would look like. TLC delivers ‘Deep Shared Infrastructure' – a common, centralised Library Management System, procured at a UK-wide level and run as a single piece of technology serving all libraries. Membership gives customers access to millions more items of stock, with huge diversity of material and a single powerful brand. Haringey Libraries currently offers access to over 250,000 books and over 6,000 eAudio and eBook titles for residents. By joining The Libraries Consortium, Haringey library members now gain access to nearly 8 million books. Haringey residents can access books and eStock from across the consortium. Residents can borrow from or return books to any of the 300+ libraries including neighbouring boroughs - Waltham Forest, Hackney, and Enfield. Joining The Libraries Consortium and investing in a new library management system and digital platform, is the continuation of a strong programme of investment in libraries for the benefit of the community and laying the foundation for a more inclusive and accessible library service. Cllr Julie Davies, Cabinet Member for Communities and Civic Life, said: "As a former teacher I know just how important access to libraries is for residents young and old across the borough. Joining The Libraries Consortium is a key part of our work to improve and modernise our library service in Haringey. Once the integration with The Libraries Consortium is completed later this year, Residents will now have access to millions of books and digital resources from libraries across London and the South East, all from one library membership. It's a brilliant example of how councils can work together to provide even better services for residents."
"The London Borough of Sutton welcomes the London Borough of Haringey to the Libraries Consortium (TLC). We now have 22 authorities who have joined TLC making us the largest Libraries Consortium in England. With a population of over 8 million residents across 22 boroughs, who benefit from access to nearly 8 million books with access to over 300 libraries. As the Lead Authority, we have been working with member authorities to develop a unique digital platform giving customers access to books, events and services all in one place - a single digital platform." Kelly Saini Badwal, Head of Cultural Services, London Borough of Sutton.
"We're thrilled to deliver on TLC's vision of a shared service to the benefit of millions of users. Our mission is to improve people's lives through innovative technology." Barbara Pacut, VP Sales & Operations EMEA, SirsiDynix.
SirsiDynix believes in the power that libraries have, to transform and shape their communities. That power is what inspires us to connect people with knowledge at more than 23,000 libraries around the world. SirsiDynix technology combines relevant resources with the best library user experience. To find out more, visit www.sirsidynix.com.