The National Econtent Platform

The only content system designed by libraries for libraries

The National Platform at a Glance:

  • Interoperable, end-to-end system for digital collection management, from hosting to patron experience
  • Allows libraries to retain their identity while using a common, library-designed platform
  • Designed with nonprofit library values, allowing libraries to take back control of their digital collections 
  • Simple, easy-to-use patron experienc

The Library Simplified system is comprised of three components:

Diagram of a technical configuration.
The National Platform configuration.

The SimplyE Reading Application

SimplyE is a patron-facing ereading application for iOS and Android that allows libraries to serve all their econtent from multiple sources into one easy-to-use interface. SimplyE’s library administration tools give librarians control of which materials their patrons see that can help libraries drive discovery and circulation of their whole collection, not just bestsellers.

The Circulation Manager

The Library Simplified Circulation Manager connects a library’s book collections with the SimplyE ereader. It handles user authentication; combines vendor-purchased licensed works with open access materials a library may wish to make available; and serves catalog data. 

Libraries without ebook vendors, or those wishing to expand their marketplace, can also purchase ematerials through the DPLA Exchange, an alternative, nonprofit ebooks marketplace that has been developed in consultation with libraries, for libraries.

For libraries interested in using Library Simplified but that prefer not to implement and maintain the technologies internally, nonprofit specialists Amigos, Califa and LYRASIS are available to provide end-to-end setup and onboarding services. These service providers also offer low-cost frontline service support for libraries.

DPLA Exchange

DPLA Exchange provides libraries with a public option for econtent acquisitions that works seamlessly with the SimplyE national library-driven platform. DPLA can help you customize collections for your community beyond the bestsellers, including a large selection of diverse and non-English titles. Member libraries also benefit from DPLA’s ongoing work with publishers to bring libraries new, more favorable licensing terms.