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indyreads: how can my library get involved?

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How does a NSW public library register for indyreads?

An indyreads agreement and a request for SIP2 server details was forwarded to all NSW public library managers in December 2018.  Once receives a signed copy of the agreement and SIP2 server details the indyreads platform will be configured for access by the library's registered card members. 

Are there any costs for participation (now and in the future)?

The indyreads platform is available to NSW public libraries at no cost.  This provides NSW public library registered card members with access to the statewide licensed consortia collection.  Public libraries can also upload digitised local studies content (manuscripts, oral histories and transcripts, eBooks and ephemera) at no cost.  Community licensed digitised content (eBooks) can also be uploaded free of charge.  

The indyreads platform contains an opt-in Odilo Marketplace from which libraries can select content exclusively for use by their members (this is called a segmented collection).  Any content purchased by a library from the Odilo Marketplace would be debited to the service along with the associated DRM fees.  There is no requirement for a library to purchase any content from the Odilo Marketplace.  To find out further information about the Odilo Marketplace please contact

What are the obligations for participating libraries?

Each participating council agrees to:

  • Provide the SLNSW with the SIP2 server intake parameters as specified in the form forwarded to library managers and provide a patron account for testing purposes.
  • Cooperate with the SLNSW and the technology vendor Odilo to configure authentication between the LMS and Odilo TK platform.
  • Designate an appropriate staff member as the main point of contact for the indyreads project to assist with set-up and ongoing project related communication pertaining to marketing, training and technical support.
  • Promote and publicise the indyreads eBook collection to library clients using marketing materials developed by the State Library of NSW.
  • Create appropriate catalogue records for local studies digitised content and community acquired titles licensed by the library and imported onto the indyreads™ platform.
  • To import catalogue records for the statewide consortia collection from the indyreads administration portal into your LMS catalogue.
  • To perform primary support for authorized readers (card holders) using the indyreads platform. The State Library of NSW and Odilo will provide secondary support by e-mail, chat, video conferencing and phone, including documentation and training.
  • Comply with the terms and conditions for the acquisition and use of digital content as outlined in the NSW Public Library Agreement for the Purchasing of Electronic Content and associated guidelines to be forwarded to the NSW public library network.
  • Ensure that any content uploaded onto the platform adheres to the library's collection development policy and agree to remove content if directed by the State Library of NSW.  
  • Adhere to the guidelines provided by the State Library of NSW for the selection and importing of digitised local studies content onto the indyreads platform. 
  • Assure that access to digital rights managed content is restricted registered readers (card holders) of the library as authenticated by the library’s automated management system.
  • Respond appropriately to any misuse by a reader (card holder) your service’s public library clients.

Indyreads enquiries 

Find out more about indyreads on the website or see the FAQs

Contact indyreads