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:

School (K-12) libraries:

Special libraries:

University libraries:

Library services:

Libraries Using Joomla

Libraries Using Expression Engine

Libraries Using WordPress

Libraries Using Plone

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.