Information technology

The Library's first automated library management system was introduced in 1989, preceding the development of the internet, the widespread use of email and online activities most people now take for granted. We now depend on a range of products and systems to provide our online services and information.


The State Library uses Voyager (from Ex Libris) as its integrated library management system. Voyager provides the interface to the Australiana Index. It also manages the behind-the-scenes library collection management activities such as acquisitions, cataloguing and reporting. It enables the Library to keep track of the location and status of vast number of collection items and to efficiently manage the large number of requests for items received every day of the week.

Primo Search

The Library’s online Search for desktop and mobile devices is powered by Primo, an Ex-Libris product. It harvests metadata and indexes from the underlying Voyager catalogue and enables search engine style searching across all the Library's collections in one easy, powerful search. Primo offers a range of features such as user-contributed tags, comments and reviews. It also provides improved searching for articles allowing users to search across several eJournal databases simultaneously.


Our A to Z journal list is managed and updated with the SFX product, part of the Ex Libris search suite. It allows you to search or browse for a wide range of online journals and newspapers, either by title or subject. They cover an enormous range of subjects, from agricultural science and arts to health and law, right through to physics and social sciences.


In 2009, the Library introduced Digitool to help us manage, store and display the enormous number of digitised images produced by the Library each year. You access Digitool through our catalogue Search service, and as more of our images are loaded into the system in the future, you’ll be able to view, zoom, turn pages, and flick through our amazing collections of pictures, maps, pamphlets and much more. You can also download a high-resolution (TIFF) file of most images for free, if you need a high quality copy for publication.


This website is built in the open source content management system Drupal. It was chosen from a number of possible systems as it provides dynamic publishing, a flexible structure, and a range of modules that allow us to expand and adapt the system as we need it.

We built new functionality including workflows to allow people across the Library to create, approve, edit and publish content, and to run the What’s on database. Our blogs are powered by Wordpress.

The mobile version of our corporate website is also built in Drupal.