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565 Bourke St
Melbourne, 3000
Phone: :+61-3-8676-4400
Fax: + 61-3-8676-4444
Web site:


  • Peter Anderson -- Managing Director, International
  • Philip Barr -- General Manager, Library Solutions
  • Simon Downing -- Chief Executive
  • Simon Parkes -- Director, Civica Library & Learning, US and UK

Company Ownership

Civica is owned by OMERS Private Equity

Library automation systems

Civica offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Spydus (167 libraries, 1576 facilities in
    Public libraries: 124
    Academic libraries: 35
    School libraries: 1
    63 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 1576 library facilities included in use an ILS provided by Civica.

Corporate Chronology

Aug 20, 2013   Civica Launches Spydus 9.
May 7, 2013   OMERS Private Equity acquires Civica from 3i Group for £390 million.
Mar 28, 2008   Civica acquired by 3i Investments.
Mar 1, 2004   Civica Plc. flotation on the AIM stock exchange.
May 13, 2002   Civica formed by Sanderson.
2002   Sanderson restructures as Civica.
1999   URICA version 6 renamed to Spydus.
Nov 10, 1994   General Automation, Inc. sells its 51% interest in SGA to Sanderson Technologies, Ltd..
1991   URICA ported from Pick to Unix.
Sep 1989   General Automation, Inc. and Sanderson Electronics PLC spin off new company named SGA Pacific Limited.
Sep 1989   SGA Pacific Limited acquires AWA Limited.
1985   Sanderson begins marketing URICA in Asia.
1979   AWA software re-develops URICA for the University of Tasmania.
1976   AWA Computers becomes the first company to introduce Pick-based computers into Australia.

Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides

The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of Civica, or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (October 2013). Civica Launches Spydus 9

Civica Library and Learning has released the latest major version of its flagship library management system, Spydus 9. This new version of Spydus incorporates a variety of new functional capabilities and technology enhancements. Embracing many of the characteristics of the new generation library services platforms, it includes comprehensive resource management, Webbased interfaces, and open APIs. Civica offers Spydus 9 either for local installation or as a fully-managed hosted service.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (June 2008). Civica Transitions to Private Equity

Civica, a large software and services company that includes a library division offering the Spydus automation system, has undergone a business transition where it changes from a publicly traded company on the London-based AIM exchange to a private company, primarily owned by 3i Investors, a major private equity firm. 3i is a very large private equity firm with £5.6 billion (approximately $11 billion) in market capitalization.

Civica News

Friday Apr 28, 2017

All 85 Press Releases from Civica

10 most recent items:

March 21, 2017. Library loans list reflects strong cultural diversity in local communities in support of Harmony Day. New research by Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information and collection management solutions through its market leading Spydus portfolio, reveals that Chinese language books and media are the most popular library resources in Australia that cater to members who consume media in languages other than English. Just under 750,000 Chinese language loans were processed last year. Interestingly, the data also showed that just under 50 languages and dialects are available to borrow in public library collections across Australia. <<more>>

March 16, 2017. Public libraries are bridging the gap and stimulating STEAM activities. Public libraries are increasingly looking to reaffirm their crucial role within the community by offering activities and services that will help community members improve their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) skills. This week, some great examples of STEAM focused activities and services are going to be showcased at “STEAM into Sydney”. This event is part of the IFLA International Federation of Library Associations) Public Libraries Section’s Mid Term meeting, which is taking place in Australia for the first time, and is supported by Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information and collection management solutions. <<more>>

January 13, 2017. Western Suburbs Library Group reaping benefits of Spydus10. Civica announced that The Western Suburbs Library Group, comprising the City of Nedlands, City of Subiaco, Town of Claremont, and The Grove library in Perth, Western Australia, has replaced its legacy software system with Civica’s Spydus10, the industry’s leading fully automated web-based information management solution for academic, government, public and corporate libraries. <<more>>

October 27, 2016. Changing technology allows Australia’s libraries to become community hubs. New research has shown us that our local library must be ready to embrace changing community needs. An in-depth survey into the value of libraries as public spaces undertaken by Civica and the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG), found a very strong belief that libraries of the future will become community support centres. In many cases they will need to open for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. <<more>>

June 17, 2016. Fairfield Open Libraries first live with BorrowBox integration. Civica Library Solutions announced that Fairfield Open Libraries, New South Wales, is the first customer worldwide to go live with the new BorrowBox API integration. <<more>>

April 20, 2016. Launch of new multilingual library app to assist readers in Western Sydney. A new multilingual library smartphone app for Fairfield City Council has been launched today, to help non-English speaking residents in Western Sydney. The Fairfield app is the first in Australia to be deployed on the Civica Spydus platform, which is used to manage collections and services in thousands of libraries around the world. Civica is a local market leader in specialist software and business process services that helps organisations to transform the way they work. <<more>>

April 10, 2016. City of Albany selects Spydus10 Library Management. Civica Library Solutions, a market leader in specialist software and outsourcing that help organisations to transform the way they work, is delighted to announce the City of Albany as a the latest Spydus10 customer in Western Australia. The City of Albany libraries are expected to go live mid-year on a Spydus10 solution comprising library management, personalised patron discovery, digital asset management and archival functionality. <<more>>

March 7, 2016. Civica announces successful Spydus10 go lives in February: Fairfield City, Penrith City, City of Armadal. Civica Library Solutions, a market leader in specialist software and outsourcing that help organisations to transform the way they work, has announced the successful go-lives of three new customers in Australia. In consecutive weeks in February, Fairfield City, Penrith City, both in NSW and City of Armadale in Western Australia, all migrated from their legacy systems to Spydus10 Civica’s latest web-based system comprising library management, personalised patron discovery, digital asset management and archival functionality. <<more>>

November 11, 2015. Civica and Wheelers announce ePlatform integration for improved borrower experience. Civica Library Solutions continues to partner with leading local and international e-content providers to provide a seamless library experience for users. The latest partner in Civica’s API integration programme is Wheelers Books and their ePlatform solution for libraries. <<more>>

November 5, 2015. Civica partners with FE Technologies for improved library circulation services. Civica Library Solutions, a market leader in specialist software and outsourcing that help organisations to transform the way they work, announced a partnership with Australian based RFID supplier, FE Technologies, to bring new levels of RFID and LMS integration to customers. <<more>>