Lyngsoe Library Systems Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) contracts provide full management and maintenance of material handling equipment and staff. This arrangement allows the public sector to operate and fund the library, while Lyngsoe Library Systems takes care of automated check-in, sorting items, and returning them to the shelves.
In addition to the installation of fully automated systems for check-in and sorting of materials, from books to DVDs, PPP contracts can also include management of self-service library equipment, reservations, web-based order fulfillment, and manual reshelving of returned materials.
Kolding Library is run in partnership with Lyngsoe Library Systems
When the new library of 7,500 m2 in Kolding was built and equipped in 2005, focus was both on the operational effi ciency of the library and on customer service. With an annual circulation of approximately 720,000 library materials and a development-oriented organization, it is a library in continuous development.
When the new library opened its doors opened in January 2006, many time-consuming working procedures had been automated and the material handling with regard to check-in, sorting, reshelving and transport of library materials had been outsourced.
The library staff could then use their special knowledge on culture information, which Nicolai Dupont Heidemann, manager of Kolding Library, sees as the library’s main role. ”Outsourcing a large part of the logistical and time-consuming back office tasks has enabled us to focus more on our core areas of expertise, such as literature and culture information.”