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5.  RLQ system

Information about the Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) system provided to participating Queensland public libraries by State Library - part of the Manual for Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) libraries.

5.1 Aurora

The Library Management system used by RLQ libraries is called Aurora, developed by Aurora Information Technology (AIT).  Aurora is a cloud-based application that is hosted remotely and used to keep track of the location of books in libraries throughout rural Queensland.

Aurora Cloud Desktop is a windows application – so it’s accessible even if the internet connection is lost. It also self-updates so once AIT posts a new software release and the prompt to accept the new version is accepted, your library will always be on the latest official release.

Each item that is catalogued appears in Aurora and has a barcode number placed on the front of the item.

Barcode Number

This number is used for lending and returning items to and from libraries. There are several sequences of numbers used in RLQ libraries.  Sheets of item barcodes required for magazines and locally acquired items are available upon request from Cannon Hill.

5.2 Loan periods

Items are transferred to your library for varying lengths of time.

Permanent transfer is used for:

  • Regular exchanges
  • Requested items
  • Adult Literacy
  • LOTE (languages other than English)
  • Audio books

Loans for 3 months (12 weeks) is used for:

  • Technology Resources
  • Storytelling kits
  • Reserve Collections
  • Book Club Sets
  • Series in a Box

5.3 Floating collections

Most formats are transferred to your library on permanent transfer and form part of the floating collection that is shared across RLQ. This means that collections remain in your library until requested elsewhere or exchanged. When an item is reserved for a customer it will be borrowed by the customer when it arrives at the requesting library. It will stay at that library when its returned by the customer until requested again at another library.

Last updated
9th October 2019