Welcome to OPALS !

OPen-source Automated Library System

The OPALS Open-source Automated Library System is a powerful cooperatively developed, Web-based, open source program providing Internet access to information databases and library collections. Many schools, churches, businesses and Union collections with ILL needs are successfully using OPALS. There is no need to install software or purchase expensive computer hardware for this powerful Internet accessed system.

There is no charge for software and usually nothing to install onto your workstations. Check our Demo site to see if OPALS would be functional in your library environment and to get an idea of its functionality.

Click here for a link and login information for the demo site.

The complete system is hosted and maintained over the Internet thereby freeing your computer services department of any added burden. A yearly subscription is required which is within the budget of even very small libraries. Fees can also be negotiated to respect the needs of the subscriber.

A site can be setup for your library for no charge. In most cases, we can setup an evaluation system using your data in a matter of hours. If you decide to keep the site and use OPALS in your library, a small one time setup fee will apply.

MediaFlex, in the U.S. supports OPALS with reasonably priced subscription fees and Internet hosting services customized to meet the needs of small and large libraries. In Canada, as well as International, Bibliofiche is the reference for these same services. Please email us to learn more or request a Free Demo site for your library!

If you are a New York State school system library, the following NYS BOCES School Library Systems also offer CoSers with OPALS hosting services:

  • Broome-Tioga SLS, Cayuga-Onondaga SLS,
  • Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington SLS,
  • Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Ostego SLS,
  • Franklin-Essex-Hamilton SLS,
  • Madison-Oneida BOCES SLS
  • Oswego SLS,
  • Otsego-Northern Catskills SLS,
  • Rockland SLS,
  • St. Lawrence-Lewis SLS,
  • Southern Westchester SL
  • Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga SL