Who is this service for?

Small or medium schools, churches, prisons, non-profit organizations, corporations, colleges or universities, specialized libraries, clubs, museums, private collections.

About Handy Library Manager

Handy Library Manager is an affordable and easy-to-use library software designed for a small church, school, small public, prison, museum, non-profit, business, and private libraries. The basic license lets you explore all library features, members will have full access to OPAC, and the software will not limit the number of items or borrowers you would like to enter. There is only one time payment. The software installs on Windows desktop or server computer.

Average rating 4.7/5

Total score
4.7
“Ease of use
4.5
User support
5
Features
4.6

Product details

Starting price:

1usd / per month
more about prices

Free version:

Yes

Free trial:

Yes, get demo

Desktop & Mobile Platforms:

Mac

Windows

Cloud, SaaS, Internet

Training:

Documentation

Online

Support:

Working hours

Online

Software Developer

PrimaSoft PC
http://www.primasoft.com
Canada

Features

Acquisition Management
Barcoding/RFID
Church Libraries
Circulation Management
Fee Collection
Inventory Management
Law Libraries
OPAC
Periodicals Management
Private Libraries
Public Libraries
Reserve Shelf Management
School Libraries
Self Check-in/Check-out
Serials Management
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Alternatives Handy Library Manager


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Bob B.

«Just what we needed and more»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

Very easy to learn the features and options and integrate them into our needs. The processes are very intuitive and the on-line documentation usually provides several options for completing a task. Support from the vendor has been excellent when needed but was really only sought on a few occasions when we installed "Handy" and went through our initial loads and conversion. Our needs were modest and we got a lot more product for the money with PrimaSoft. Release upgrades have integrated very smoothly and added some new complimentary features. Hats off to Marek, Andre' and the entire staff.

Drawbacks:

Nothing stands out as a weakness or least liked. There are so many strong points for our small club library that currently serves approx 250 members and 1600 volumes of books, videos and magazines.

In sum:

Overall the product is easy to learn even for non techies. We have volunteer assistants who picked up the operation very quickly. Specialized reports and labels are easy to create and modify. A well thought out product that would certainly serve many clubs, schools and other organizations quite well.

July 14, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
G
George F.

«A good balance between power and simplicity»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

reasonable price, good balance between ease of use and functionality

Drawbacks:

you have to buy a bar code scanner from some other source

In sum:

Price was right, and the software had all features we needed. Handy Library Manager provides an easy-to-use graphical interface that can easily be taught to the new librarian in a single teaching session. I felt that Handy Library Manager program really struck a good balance between power and simplicity. Also, the good thing about the software is that the database is easy to maintain. I don't hesitate to recommend this program for its affordability and for its capabilities.

July 10, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
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Linda G.

«Awesome Support»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

The features most important to us as the library for a homeowners association were barcoding, easy checkin/out, and having a printed receipt.

Drawbacks:

Unfortunately our Admin Team has very limited IT experience, and nothing in depth regarding setup etc. Therefore, some things that more experienced users would understand were more difficult for us to understand the concept, and thus implement without lots of questions. However, [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN] has been so helpful and patient with my basic questions and explaining how it all works together. He is a saint.

In sum:

The overall experience has been wonderful. The system has so many options and we are just transitioning a manual library (old school) to its first bar code system. [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN] patience with tech support is never-ending and appreciated so much!

June 24, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
S
Sian K.

«Good value for money with responsive customer care»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

Very straightforward to use, even for those without IT expertise. Quick responses to support queries & easy upgrades. Autocataloguing works well. Added bonus is that Primasoft make it available on the internet for a small library without a network server.

Drawbacks:

The online help pages need a search function. Autocataloguing does not transfer all the fields (e.g. date of publication). The catalogue does not accept two different editions of the same book with identical titles.

In sum:

My organisation is a charity, and I am a volunteer setting up and running this small library on my own. This product, which I have now been using for about five years, is ideal for such a situation and meets all our needs for the moment.

April 19, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
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Andy C.

«Great Library Automation Software»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

flexibility and ease of use

Drawbacks:

not designed specifically for schools (a minor issue)

In sum:

I strongly recommend Handy Library Manager to all librarians. It has almost all functions a library might need and some more. Yet, it is easy to use and flexible. We never had any run-time errors so, it seems very solid. We are using it on a local area network and running it on multiple computers. The performance is quite good and we have more than 20,000 books. On rare occasion when we run into some issues we email the support and get the response very quickly. Since we may need to access it in the future from some remote locations we are planning to test the Cloud version of Handy Library Manager.

March 16, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
A
Amanda T.

«Still Happy»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

I simply love the Handy Library Manager. Right from the beginning, when I first started to search online for a; Simple, Efficient, Accurate, Reliable and Cost Effective management program, I have been super impressed and happy with my decision to purchase this software. The Handy Library Manager is a compact and streamlined managing system which is easy to navigate and simple to use. The added HELP Tab directs you straight to the problem or issue you are facing and clearly ( with clear diagrams) helps you to work through your problems or issues or questions you may have. Additionally, the tutorial HELP is so quick and easy to learn that you will find yourself mastering the program within minutes. I love it! It has helped me to start our community library without a huge cost or investment in software that you would need a Technology degree to use. The Handy Library Manager has been the starting point of our community Library and 4 years later I am still happy with my choice to press BUY online.

Drawbacks:

As a small community Library, I feel that there is very little to change or add in the program as it suits what we want.

In sum:

Our experience with the Handy Library Manager is that the software actually promoted our community Library to become known as "very professional". Our clients love the fact that they can be contacted by email, that they can become a member with a Barcode ( just like the big library in town) and that they feel " looked after". We can't do without this product as it truly has given our small town an edge of class without costing us a fortune.

February 21, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
K
Kama K.

«Affordable library software, good choice for small libraries!»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

Our library is run by volunteer staff. We needed the library system that is easy to implement and use. Handy Library is the software that offers this and more.

Drawbacks:

Auto-cataloging requires support payment. I would like to have this feature for free

In sum:

The ease of use is top-notch. This application helps us to run our small club library, with 3000 items, and 100 members. All club members can easily check books out and in independently.

January 17, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
J
Jan H.

«Good Job, PrimaSoft»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

We have a small non-profit organization with a library of about 1250 items - books, magazines and videos. I was able to completely customize Handy Library Manger to our simplified needs. Check Out and Check In require only one or two scans of the barcodes. It doesn't seem to mind if you start with the borrower or the library item. Entry of new borrowers or library items can be done individually or in groups from an Excel spreadsheet. Managing the loans also seems easy, with the option to create personalized reminder emails. And if a change gets made in the item title (like correcting a typo) while the book is checked out, the changed name can still be found by the Check In process.

Drawbacks:

It has been somewhat of a challenge getting the software personalized for our club, but we got it done. There is a very complex Operating Manual that could use a search routine, but we got around that using Google searches.

In sum:

Only been using Handy Library for the length of the free trial, and just bought the program a week or so ago. Have yet to have in-person meetings, so have not actually used the program "under fire". But thorough testing suggests things will go smootly

January 5, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
J
Jason S.

«Excellent Product with Excellent Customer Service»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

It is comprehensive, intuitive, and easy to use. There are great help articles and great customer service with [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN] at Primasoft!

Drawbacks:

Not too many cons. However, it is not web based so need to have it installed on a local computer. I chose the server to easily remote in. Took sometime to get it installed but [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN] helped me out every step of the way.

In sum:

Great! We are so happy to have a fully functional library at a decent cost. Thank you Primasoft and [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN] for developing this product!

January 5, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
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Elizabeth B.

«Great Library Software»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

Good price, easy to use, 30 day trial version that you can download

In sum:

My experience with this software has been great so far. I haven't had almost any issues as this program is easy to use- you just have to spend some time learning a few things and you'll be good to go. The few times that I had an issue, I emailed Primasoft's support and they replied very quickly with the solution to my problem. I'm really glad that I purchased this software and I highly recommend it to any librarians as this would be a great program for anyone to use, even beginners. This program serves our church very well!

January 5, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet