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Prison Libraries use our Handy Library Manager

You only need PC with Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista, or Windows Server to manage your correctional institution library.

We offer two solutions:

  1. Handy Library Manager prison compilation:
    Click here to review custom settings or download the prison compilation.
  2. Handy Library Manager regular compilation:
    Handy Library Manager | Software Tour | Features | Prison Reviews
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Review purchase options for your library:

Option 1 (low cost): $353.00-$412.95 (one time payment), on the ordering page select:

  • Handy Library Manager ($345)
  • 1 PC License
  • CDROM Delivery or Download
  • No Support
  • 1 Year Support ($59.95)

Option 2 : $440.00-$499.95 (one time payment), on the ordering page select:

  • Handy Library Manager ($345)
  • 5 PC License ($95)
  • CDROM Delivery or Download
  • No Support
  • 1 Year Support ($59.95)

Option 3 (best): $553.00-$612.95 (one time payment), on the ordering page select:

  • Handy Library Manager ($345)
  • Non-pofit License ($200), (unlimited one location license, includes network license, unlimited users).
  • CDROM Delivery or Download
  • No Support
  • 1 Year Support ($59.95)

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Not ready to buy? In seconds you can manage your correctional institution library with our Handy Library Automation System for Windows: Try Now (prison compilation)


Our inmates have a library that houses approximately 8000 books. Our state has tried several open-source library database programs in the past, but they have been cumbersome, buggy, and easily broken, ... read the whole review.

I am working with a small prison resource center. We are looking for library software for a medium size library that is run by volunteers. I have very much enjoyed the ease of access that Handy Library Manager provides. Prison Resource Center, review

We are a non-profit operating in two County Jails (Corrections Facility). Advantages of your library system: First, the price, then ease of use. The features allowed for customization to meet our specific needs and the relationship and kindness of primasoft in making the application available to our small non profit... read more

The staff and you in particular have made serious efforts to adjust to our jail library needs. I am truly impressed. David T.; LaPlata County Jail Library read more

Questions and answers from prison libraries:

Question: The software will be installed in a prison and there is controlled Internet access. We need a library system that is working without the web access.

Answer: Our software requires only a desktop computer with Windows or Windows Server operating system to support all book and borrower management features.

Question: We are a prison library using our own barcode identification for our book inventory and the publisher's barcode. We are doing all data entry manually. Could we implement our barcode identification numbers?

Answer: Manual data entry is supported. Custom bar code values are supported.

Question: Our correctional institution has limited funds. Do you offer discounts for your library system?

Answer: There is a very affordable non-profit license (network installation or unlimited use in one location. It costs only $200 extra. With the purchase of the library application, you receive a free license for our Handy Equipment-Tool Manager for Windows.

Question: Do you accept purchase orders for your library system? We are not allowed to make orders on the web, is it possible to send you a check?

Answer:Yes, we accept purchase orders and payments by checks or bank transfers.

Question: Data entry forms and views offer too much data. There are many fields that we don't need, since we are a prison library. For example we don't use city, state, zip code, email, etc. Can I simplify book and borrower information?

Answer: You can customize data entry forms, how to modify entry forms for prison reading or other materials. Data display panels offer information in the form of html documents that support high customization flexibility.

Question: In our correctional facility we don't want everyone to have access to the main library application. Could we set a password access or define security levels?

Answer: You can set login names and passwords to all modules: main application, search (OPAC), check in/out, or data entry modules. Please review set your library options.

Question:Need for prison library computer - no internet available.

Answer: Our library system is fully operational without internet.

Can this Handy Library Manager be ran on a laptop? Does the CD have to remain in the computer while running program or can it be taken out and stored once the program is loaded? Can I assign my own catalog number? There will be no internet accessibility since I will be using in a small educational program in a prison is internet required to run program?

Answer: You can run our library system on the laptop. You do not need the CD to run the program. You can assign your own barcodes. Our library system is fully functional without the Internet.

Question/Answer: Prison Library Questions:
Will the technology for the solution be in-house? Or is this hosted and maintained by PRIMASOFT?
Answer: Yes, you install the software in-house; we do not host or maintain the library application on your computer.

Where is the data stored?
Answer: The data is stored on your computer.

Does this solution require consistent internet access or is this something that will be used on a standalone machine?
Answer: You use the application on the standalone machine, and you do not need internet access to run our application.

Is there any communication or data sharing with external systems?
Answer: The data is stored on the computer at your correctional library. The application does not share data with external systems.

Is Remote Access needed for this solution to provide support and maintenance?
Answer: You do not need remote access.

Is there Data Audit Trail / Logging? Please explain.
Answer: Some features support inventory audits and keep the log of some transactions.

What specific data about inmates, staff members, or vendors will be saved within this solution?
Answer: The BORROWERS table provides many data fields. The user decides what to enter and maintain in the BORROWERS table.

How is information accessed? What is the User Interface Type: (ex. Browser, application, ect.)
Answer: The user maintains information through applications installed on the library computer (library manager, check-in/check-out module, search app).

Is the software COTS? Please explain.
Answer: The cost depends on the installation configuration. The essential cost is $345, and network installation (unlimited use within one library) is $604.95.

library main window
library apps
library search

Question: I'm looking for a system to use in a prison library on Windows 10 computer. Patrons are not allowed to be online but will be running the program most of the time.
keywords: working offline, Windows 10, correctional institution

Answer: Handy Library Manager is an excellent choice. Volunteers and casual users manage our application. Additional apps can process library transactions without accessing the central library manager (library loan app, search app). You install the software on your computer, and it does not require online access.

checking in
library search

Question: I'm looking for a system to use in a prison library on Windows 10 computer. Patrons are not allowed to be online but will be running the program most of the time.
keywords: manual, correctional institution, no internet

Answer: We do not offer a PDF manual. Instead, we have a separate compilation of the whole help system that is in the HTML format, all help topics in the application will open the help article on your computer.
Handy Library prison compilation

Question/Answer: I am interested in your software product for our library. I am the library manager for a small prison library and right now we are using Winnebago Spectrum software for our collection management and circulation. Currently, we have 4,600 item records and 3,120 patrons. We also do not have Internet access on these machines because inmates cannot have any online access. So, how is the software delivered? We would need CD and a way for the updates to be delivered as well since we are not able to go online. We want to run the following reports in the new software:
Materials added by date, by author. Supported: run library reports, items added today
Materials sorted by call number, materials type, materials number (barcode). Supported: sort library records
Expired patron accounts (to be deleted). Supported: patron expiry
Materials check out by date. Supported: circulation reports
Overdues sorted by patron number. Supported: circulations by patron
In library usage by materials type. Supported: library statistics
Usage by materials type. Supported: library statistics
Overdue notices. Supported: overdue notices
Materials lost. Supported: library lost items
System information general data. How many books out, how many overdues, many copies lost, check out for today and totals. Supported: library reports, library statistics

Question: I am hoping to purchase the Library Software, PrimaSoft PC Software for the prison library I work at. Do I need to have it hooked to the internet for any part of the program or does it come with discs for me to install and use. We can not have internet access for our library computer.

Answer: Handy Library Manager installs on any computer with Windows and does not require an Internet connection. If requested, we provide the software on the CDROM, but you can download and install the software from the web: Library Software for Prisons.

Question: I am the IT Manager for Correctional Facility, and I had a few questions about your Handy Library Manager.
1.Does this software need a constant internet connection? One of our setups is connected via a LAN, one server, and two Worker machines. The other setup will be a stand-alone machine.
2.How many machines can this support, and is there a difference in software versions (i.e., server and work stations), or is it all the same?

Answer: 1.The software does not need an internet connection. You can install the software on your LAN. In this case, you can access the same library database from the server or all client computers. You can have separate installations (not LAN). In this case, the user is responsible for maintaining the same library database on all computers.
2.The server installation supports access from all client computers connected to the server. The network and the one computer (workstation) installations support the same library management features.

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