The SWIFT Library Consortium involves 24 public libraries and councils working collaboratively to improve the efficiency and quality of library services.
This collaboration provides library users with resources and collections they may not otherwise be able to access.
Consortium members share a bibliographic database and library management system, SirsiDynix Symphony.
The following Victorian and New South Wales councils and libraries are consortium members:
Our SWIFT Consortium Management Group manages the ongoing implementation of shared library services contracts and policies.
Read more information about our policy work on public libraries.
Swift Library Consortium 10-year anniversary
We are celebrating 10 years since the establishment of the Swift Library Consortium supported by the MAV and facilitated with an initial grant from the State Government.
The Consortium currently covers 45 per cent of Victorian public library services representing over 100 libraries in Victoria. In addition six New South Wales public libraries have joined the system and are part of the consortium.
The consortium has followed through on the original bipartisan Ministerial Advisory Council vision of the borderless library, improving access to services and resources by all Victorians.
The back of house contract for one Library Management System enables new policy directions to be effectively and efficiently implemented. For example, the Swift One Card System enabling library members to borrow anywhere, return anywhere and pay anywhere, directly from any Swift library in the state was introduced in July 2015.
The MAV, with the Swift consortium, will be going to market to test the system going forward in a competitive process prior to August 2017. This allows the sector to continue to develop the vision, and work with additional councils and library services wishing to join the consortium regarding the future collaborative approach to meet the needs of councils and communities.
For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves.
For any enquiries, contact:
Business Manager, SWIFT Library Consortium
0408 533 442