Content Management Systems (CMS)

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Many libraries have started to use content management systems as a tool to build and manage their web presence.


The advantages of using a CMS to build a library website include:

  • Separation of content, logic, and data
  • Ability for multiple content providers (many staff members can edit the website, rather than just one expert)
  • Easier or automatic integration with Web 2.0 tools (built in RSS for instance)
  • Many cool add-ons that provide added functionality to the website (an Events Calendar for instance)


These are just a few of the most common CMSs being used in the library community. A complete list of CMSs available (and a list of their features) can be found at CMS Matrix.

Libraries Using Drupal

For a more updated list, see Drupal Libraries Group.

Public libraries:

  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Altadena Library District
  • Ann Arbor District Library
  • Athens County Public Libraries
  • Maryland AskUsNow!
  • Ballerup public libraries, Denmark
  • Benicia Public Library
  • Brawley Public Library
  • Camarena Memorial Library
  • Cleveland Public Library
  • Coldwater Public LIbrary (OH)
  • Daniel Boone Regional Library
  • Douglas County Libraries
  • ExploreOhio
  • Franklin Park Public Library
  • Franklin-Springboro Public Library (OH)
  • Great River Regional Library (Central Minnesota)
  • Hoover Alabama Public Library
  • Idaho's statewide public library web site project: eBranch
  • Jackson District Library
  • Kansas City Public Library
  • Kinderhook Memorial Library
  • Logan-Hocking County District Library (OH)
  • London Public Library
  • London Public Library (OH)
  • Marion Public Library (OH)
  • Metropolitan Cooperative Library System (Los Angeles)
  • Mead Public Library
  • Minverva Public Library (OH)
  • Missouri River Regional Library
  • Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library
  • New York Public Library
  • Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)
  • Oregon Libraries Network
  • Palos Verdes Library District
  • Piscataway Public Library(NJ)
  • Prince Rupert Library
  • Red Deer Public Library
  • Richland County Public Library
  • San Anselmo Public Library
  • Schlow Centre Region Library (Central Pennsylvania)
  • South San Francisco Public Library
  • Skokienet run by Skokie Public Library
  • Troy-Miami County Public LIbrary (OH)
  • Warner Public Library
  • Waterford Township Public Library (MI)
  • West Lake Porter Public Library
  • West Linn, Oregon Public Library
  • Worthington Libraries, Worthington, OH

School (K-12) libraries:

  • Genesee Valley BOCES - School Library System
  • School Library System of Genesee Valley Boces

Special libraries:

  • Idaho Commission for Libraries
  • The Newberry Library -
  • Resource Center Lending Library
  • Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON Libraries)
  • National Association of REALTORS® Library

University libraries:

  • ASU Libraries
  • California State University San Marcos Library
  • Cornell University Library
  • Cowles Library at Drake University
  • Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA)
  • Florida State University Libraries
  • Georgetown University
  • Hamline Law Library
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Luther College Library and Information Services
  • McMaster University Library
  • University of Montana Mansfield Library
  • Monterrey Institute of Technology Library
  • Portland State University Library
  • Queen's University Library
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries
  • Simon Fraser University - Learning Commons Workshop Signup tool
  • Simon Fraser University - Multicultural Canada
  • St. Lawrence University Library planning site
  • University Alaska Fairbanks Libraries
  • UMN Biomedical library
  • University of Calgary Library
  • University of California San Francisco Library
  • University of Michigan | MLibrary
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City | University Libraries
  • University of Northern Iowa | Rod Library
  • Nash Library | University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
  • New York University Consumer Health Libraries
  • New York University Health Sciences Libraries
  • University of Technology, Sydney Library Australia
  • UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Padova - Sistema Bibliotecario di Ateneo
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Library

Library services:

  • MaintainIT Project
  • Nelinet's (Spruce Open Source Collaborative)

Libraries Using Joomla

  • Airlangga University Library, Indonesia
  • The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents
  • DeKalb County Public Library
  • DISCUS Virtual Library
  • Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, VT
  • Greene County Public Library, OH
  • Greenville County Library System, SC
  • Health Sciences Library, Stony Brook University
  • Hong Kong Library Assocation, Hong Kong
  • Library of Love, Africa
  • Mancos Public Library District
  • Northville District Library
  • Ohio Law Library
  • Ord Township Library
  • Perdana Library, Malasia
  • Paris Carnegie Public Library
  • Pioneer Library System
  • Portsmouth Pacific Library
  • South Carolina State Library
  • Susquehanna County Library
  • Tyngsborough Public Library, USA
  • Whatcom County Library System

Libraries Using Expression Engine

  • Scottsdale Public Library
  • Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
  • Vancouver Public Library

Libraries Using WordPress

  • Cook Memorial Library, NH
  • Dartmouth Public Libraries, MA
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Stevens Memorial Library
  • Carnegie-Vincent Library

Libraries Using Plone

  • Capital Area District Library
  • George Washington University
  • Herr Memorial Library, PA
  • National Agricultural Library
  • Texas A&M University Library, TX

CMSs used in Collaborative web design and hosting initiatives for public libraries

Many free, statewide efforts for public library web sites have utilized Content Management Systems to streamline the process. More info here.