What is the LCF (Library Communications Framework) Consortium?

The LCF Consortium is a group of library industry organisations that publicly, fully endorse, support and promote the adoption and use of LCF.

To be a publicised and acknowledged member of the Consortium, BIC asks interested organisations to commit to the following:

  • If required by BIC, provide resource (speakers and / or funds) to forthcoming LCF events where customers can learn more about LCF
  • If required by BIC, provide a technical resource to forthcoming technical workshops / PlugFests where we ensure compatibility between our solutions
  • Agree to promote the framework on your website and sales literature


To support this initiative, BIC will incur some costs in promoting the standard. It is therefore proposed that each Consortium member contributes £500 (payable to BIC) in which to create a small LCF marketing fund. This fund will be used to pay for events, promotional activities and materials and other similar promotional / marketing charges / costs – a list of the costs would be maintained by BIC and available for all LCF consortium members to see.

Please note, being a member of the LCF consortium does not include BIC membership or attract any BIC membership benefits. Attendance at BIC committees, working groups, or panel meetings is reserved for BIC members only. 

What is the LCF (Library Communications Framework) Consortium?

The ongoing marketing and promotion of LCF is being funded by the following organisations who are all part of the LCF consortium:

Lyngsoe Systems (Formerly 2CQR) have worked exclusively with libraries for over two decades, creating dedicated self – service, security, stock control and software solutions. Whether EM or RFID based we work with clients to ensure compatibility, adaptability and effectiveness, delivering immediate results and maximising long – term opportunities. 2CQR – always Thinking Libraries in the UK and Ireland. Lyngsoe Systems – Frictionless automation of logistics processes.

Axiell is the global leader in solutions for public and school libraries , education, media, museums and archives. We partner with customers that share our vision of spreading culture in the connected society. Our solutions are currently used by over 6600 customers around the world, who rely on us for their physical and virtual libraries. Axiell has over 270 employees, experts in understanding the demands of our customers and we serve our customers through innovative and flexible solutions. www.axiell.co.uk

Bibliotheca is dedicated to the development, deployment and support of library technology solutions, designed to improve operational efficiency and enhance customer service. We focus on public, private and academic library markets, with a reach that extends a cross the globe, with direct operational offices in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America, together with over 70 dedicated distributors. We are proud to work with over 30,000 unique library sites with a deployed equipment range in excess of 10,000 individual self – service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 automated materials handling (sorter) systems. In addition, our digital platform features content from over 1,000 publishers and is available through almost 3,000 libraries. In 2 015, the shareholders of Bibliotheca (One Equity Partners) agreed the purchase of 3M’s former Library business, with the intention to create a single library – focused business dedicated to the delivery and support of EM/RFID security, automated materials handling, self – service, productivity and digital/cloud (patron – facing) solutions. www.bibliotheca.com.

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Library Management Cloud mobilises, empowers, and enables librarians and their teams to serve their customers anywhere within and beyond the walls of their libraries, securely and with ease. In our digital and connected world, we are a global software and services innovator and supplier to education and local government. To find out more, go to www.ess-librarymanagementcloud.co.uk.

CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. Our 1 3,000 members are part of a community of more than 112,000 professionals delivering value across all parts of the public and private sector including public libraries, schools, Government, prisons and businesses. Our members are experts in helping communities with their information needs, supporting learning, managing information and creating knowledgeable organisations. www.cilip.org.uk.

Civica works in partnership with libraries to transform services with new technologies, efficient working processes and innovative delivery models. We provide services and solutions to position your library at the heart of the community bringing together people, processes and information to help you achieve high levels of service and improve public engagement. www.civica.co.uk/library – and – learning.

Launched in 2002 by CEO Marvin Crisp, D – Tech International Ltd is a privately owned company and is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of high performance technology products and services for public space locations in the UK and overseas. Our success has been built in the library sector but in recent years we have seen an increase in cross – sector demand for our EM, RF, RFIQ and RFID technologies for tracking, managing, protecting and forecasting demand. www.d-techinternational.com.

Infor is a major global cloud focussed software company who amongst our wide portfolio of products have been delivering solutions to the library market for many years. Our V-Smart Library Management System, Iguana user engagement platform and other associated LCF Consortium products are all fully web based and offer a complete solution suite for modern library service delivery. We are highly focussed on innovating with technology to provide leading functionality and new ways to delight customers and users alike. www.infor.com/libraries.

Innovative partners with thousands of libraries of all types to help them achieve their goals. Serving libraries in 66 countries, the company provides a complete technology platform that includes solutions for mobile access, digital asset management, resource sharing, discovery, and operational efficiency. Innovative’s staff includes more than 400 library and technology experts, with more than 100 degreed librarians, who stay in close contact with customers through formal development partnerships and conversations at Innovative User Group meetings on four continents. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California with offices in Dublin, Ireland and beyond. www.iii.com.

Insight Media is the leading library technology partner in the UK for the provision of PC bookings, print management and wireless solutions with unparalleled experience offering innovative market – leading solutions to a variety of customers including public and academic libraries. Currently we provide solutions to over 100 UK customers including over 80 public library authorities spanning our services to more than 1000 locations. www.insight-media.co.uk.

Lorensbergs works closely with libraries to improve access to services and resources, via 24/7 online bookings. Our market – leading solution, netloan provides a comprehensive session management system for greater control and accessibility to library PCs and Wi-Fi, together with self-service print payment and release. A Wi-Fi print solution is also now available, giving library users the opportunity to print from their smartphones, tablets and laptops. For further booking needs, connect2 covers rooms, equipment, events, courses and appointments. Talk to Lorensbergs about your libraries’ requirements for better managed PC, printing and Wi-Fi services. Call 01992 415505 or email enquiries@lorensbergs.co.uk. www.lorensbergs.co.uk.

Reading Cloud is an engaging online reading community that helps improve literacy in schools, nurtures independent learning, and encourages parental engagement. With its focus on promoting reading for pleasure across the school, Reading Cloud helps to develop strong readers with a passion for lifelong learning.

School leaders can use Reading Cloud to discover reading trends such as popular authors and genres, helping them to develop a more engaging library experience. Find out more at https://www.ess-readingcloud.co.uk/.

PSP Asset Protection Ltd has heritage going back to 1978, when founding company Plescon Ltd was originally established. Since then we have been providing advice and expertise to libraries across the UK, and beyond, on best practise for controlling and maintaining their valuable stock. Having worked with over 2,000 libraries, of all sizes and types, across five decades our knowledge and experience is unmatched. Our policy has always been to listen to the individual challenges facing each library and build a solution to achieve their required outcomes. www.psp-assetprotection.co.uk.

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products and services to the library market. These include the open source library management system Koha, the FOLIO library services platform, RT: Request Tracker for enquiry management, CORAL for electronic resource management, VuFind for discovery, Metabase for business analytics and the Knowvation enterprise content management system. An ISO27001 company, PTFS Europe provides the full range of services needed to implement, host and support these products. https://www.ptfs-europe.com.

SirsiDynix is the global leader in library automation software with customers around the world serving 300 million library users worldwide. Working in partner ship with libraries, SirsiDynix helps communities thrive by connecting people with information resources that educate and inspire. Our BLUEcloud library services platform delivers the Best Library User Experience through attractive mobile and web interfaces, coupled with open, feature-rich library management system functionality and enterprise – ready analytics. Our solutions cater for public, academic and special libraries, large or small, including the biggest consortia in the world. www.sirsidynix.com

With over 3 decades of experience supplying library technology, Telepen have become the leading supplier of Access Control and Room Booking to academic libraries. Our product range includes the Juno Access Control Gate System, which features innovations in design and technology and can operate based on information sourced from the Library Management System. The Juno range also includes Secure Room Booking, providing remote management and keyless access to group study rooms and StudyTime, a mobile app offering a solution to desk hogging. More recently we now also supply a full range of RFID self – service equipment, book security and book sorting solutions. This includes FE Technologies Self-Service Kiosk which is installed in both academic and public libraries worldwide and for which Telepen are the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland

Telepen are dedicated to developing library solutions that enhance the user experience and in collaboration with our customers we continue to create cutting edge solutions. www.telepen.co.uk