OPALS Overview Video

OPALS video guide created by one of our clients: download the MP4

Media Flex – OPALS has once again been granted the Platinum Award, recognizing our dedication to customer service, and product excellence. We thank all our wonderful librarians for their respect and appreciation.
” The 2023 Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is proud to announce its review scores from participating companies in this special supplement to Library Products & Services News. The MLAs are an unbiased program recognizing the elite products and services that serve the library industry. Companies provided concise write-ups of their products/services and submitted them for review. These were then sent out to the LibraryWorks readership — librarians in public, academic, K-12, and special libraries — who then submitted their reviews on a 1-10 scoring system. Each judge had to have had experience with the product or service, and each participating company also had to provide four references of library placements to submit their forms. The LibraryWorks staff had no influence on the scoring.
Awards were based on the following scores:
 6.5-7.4 Silver
7.5-8.4 Gold
8.5-10.0 Platinum

OPALS Spring 2022 Updates 

Community librarians, programmers and technical support staff have worked together this past winter to prioritize and develop updates that improve OPALS. These changes dramatically expand library members’ research experience, seamlessly incorporating print, digital, streaming video, STEM and archival resources as well as integrating the variety of authentication challenges presented by each format. Over fifty major and convenience updates will be delivered to our community in April and May.


OPALS is a proven, open-source automated library system. Whether your library has hundreds of resources or millions, there is likely a library just like yours that has adopted OPALS. Well over 2000 libraries around the world use OPALS every day to manage library resources that hundreds of thousands of library members can access on the Web in their institutions, at home or at a local cafe.

Explore our Website, discover OPALS’ many features, technical support and engineering framework and contact us to set up a free hosted demonstration system. Upload all of your data and in 24 to 48 hours you and your community can explore OPALS’ every nook and cranny in the familiar context of your own library data.

In addition to a thorough system assessment, you will get to sample OPALS’ librarian-acclaimed technical support. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

  • Cooperatively developed
  • Web-based – Mobile Device Friendly
  • Standards-based
  • Feature rich
  • Open source
  • Professional management
  • Professional development
  • Professional support
  • Lowest Total Cost of Ownership

This alternative technology provides Internet access to:

  • Information databases
  • Library collections
  • Digital resources (eBooks, Video streaming)
  • Digital archives
  • IT Equipment 
  • STEM Resources

OPALS technology serves over 2000 libraries around the world:

There is no need to install software or purchase and maintain expensive computer servers or software licenses to implement this powerful, turnkey Internet accessible system. The “total cost of ownership” is demonstrably and undeniably sustainable.

We can either host and maintain OPALS on our servers or we can work with your staff to install and support it at your site. Experienced programmers and technical support staff update and maintain the program, giving this open source initiative a responsive support framework that is essential for institutions that serve the public.


The best way to determine whether OPALS is a good fit for your library is to experience it in the familiar context of your library’s data. Our staff can set up an evaluation site into which we can upload your library’s MARC bibliographic records. In most cases, these sites are ready for you to evaluate within 24 hours. During the evaluation period, you will be able to try all of the system’s features and have access to OPALS support staff.

Check our Demo site to learn more about OPALS and to experience all of its features.


Media Flex supports OPALS in the United States. There are reasonably priced cooperative support & update services fees that provide funding for full-time outstanding technical support and computer engineering staff.

OPALS Data Privacy & Security Policy:  Click to view Media Flex – OPALS Data Privacy & Security Plan

Bibliofiche provides support & services for Canadian and international libraries.

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