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Libary Search Utility (OPAC) Simple Search Search/Replace Barcode Search Additional Search Features
Church Libary Search Utility (OPAC)

Library Search Utility (OPAC): is a stand-alone application. Search Utility allows you to process search transactions without launching library database system. Your church library inventory and member databases are protected from unwanted modifications or deletions. Search Utility can be used on one computer or on the network.

library search opac

How to configure Search Utility

  • Search configuration files are in the Search folder: search.ini, searchf.ini.
  • You can open search configuration files with any text editor (example: Windows Notepad)
  • Search configuration files allow you to define: - which database fields are included in the Search By drop-down box (A) - which fields will be displayed in the Search Results table (E) - which database will be searched - which fields will be displayed in the Detail Display section (F)

Simple Search (Library Administrator) Librarian can use the software Search function. With this software, you are able to locate a piece of text in any field with the capability of moving to the next record filling your search criteria.

search library records by any field


The Replace function helps you to replace the entire or the part of the field's content with a new value. This function is useful for library administrators who want to make global changes on the selected field in the entire library catalog. Example: use replace feature to create book barcode/id values for all your records.

create barcode numbers automatically for all library records

Barcode Search

The Bar Code Search function helps you to locate the record which has been assigned a particular barcode (or any number in the text form). Simply scan the barcode (or enter manually) and the program finds the record automatically.

search library items by barcode number

Additional Search Features

Additional search features: incremental search, search online, find duplicates, non-stop search.

Incremental search: Entering a character into the Fast Find edit box will result in the immediate action (Incremental Search).

Search Online: define online search engines in the program, to use them later you will enter only a search text and click OK.

Find Duplicates: this function allows you to display and/or delete duplicate library records based on a selected data field. For example, you can easily find and eliminate records with the same book title.

Non Stop Search: the library software goes through entire database looking for records that match search criteria. When the search is finished ONLY those records are displayed that contain the text.

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