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Open Specification for Library Systems (LibTechRFP) is hosted by Ken Chad Consulting.

This is an open community resource to help make a better and more effective library system change process. Please feel free to add resources or amend existing ones. Open specification/requirements documents are made available as follows

Open Specification requirement documents

  1. Download the specification as as WORD document

The content has been adapted from a specification kindly made available by a UK university library in 2012. You are free to use and adapt the specification. This is a ‘free cultural work’ and is licensed as follows: Creative Commons CC-0

The Creative Commons Attribution License is the most permissive of the six main licenses created by the Creative Commons project (Licenses/CC-0 effectively releases a work into the public domain). A work licensed in this way grants all the four freedoms listed in the definition of free cultural works. For more information go the the creative commons website

Alternative specification/requirements

Specification used by Edinburgh University

From the README section of the document
This document lists a set of detailed requirements that a library may wish to consider when procuring a new Library Management System / Library Management Platform.
This document is licenced with a Creative Commons By-Attribution (CC-BY) licence. You are free to use this document for your own purposes, however the University of Edinburgh cannot be held responsible for use of the document, or for any errors contained.
Edinburgh University Library, 2014; System related questions may be addressed to Stuart Lewis ( or Laura Shanahan“

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