The Palace Project, a division of Lyrasis, provides an interoperable, end-to-end system for digital collection management, from hosting to patron experience, based on the open-source codebase from Library Simplified, founded by The New York Public Library. The Palace platform includes a circulation manager and free, easy-to-use patron-facing app, designed with library values in mind. The Palace platform empowers libraries to expand access and discovery of all their digital collections, and meet patrons where they are, within their community. Palace allows libraries to showcase their identity, protect patron privacy, and seamlessly integrate all the major e-content vendors, including Palace Marketplace.
The Palace app is a free patron-facing ereading application for iOS and Android. It allows libraries to serve all their e-content from multiple sources into one easy-to-use interface. The Palace app helps bolster the direct library-patron relationship by giving librarians the power to customize the patron experience and drive collection use and discovery beyond the bestsellers.
The Palace Manager seamlessly connects a library’s book collections with the patron-facing Palace app. It handles user authentication; combines vendor-purchased licensed works with any open access materials a library may wish to make available; and serves catalog data.
Palace Marketplace is a non-profit ebook and audiobook marketplace developed in consultation with libraries, for libraries. Titles from major publishers and dozens of independent publishers, as well as Amazon Publishing, are available in Palace Marketplace, often with unique, flexible licensing models that help libraries maximize their budgets.
Systems Implementation + Hosting
The Palace Project provides an interoperable, end-to-end system for digital collection management, from hosting to patron experience. It allows libraries to retain their identity while using a common, library-designed platform. Lyrasis provides end-to-end setup and onboarding services, as well as low-cost frontline service support for libraries. The Lyrasis team manages the proper setup and configuration of the software, administers the cloud-based hardware via Amazon Web Services, and supports libraries with the launch of the Palace app to patrons. Lyrasis hosting also includes online orientation sessions to the Palace systems for library administrators.