PMB – library automation system

PMB (formerly known as PhpMyBibli) is a French library automation system based on PHP and MySQL.

It is a highly customizable productivity tool.

PMB is designed for medium-sized and large libraries, and can also manage networks of libraries integrated in a collective catalogue. It uses the cataloguing format UNIMARC. The software also incorporates format conversion and importation systems (USMARC and XML, among others).

Features include:

  • Management of authority data (by author, publisher, collection).
  • Management of a thesaurus of subject areas.
  • Use of the Z39.50 protocol.
  • Automation of the DSI.
  • Control of serial publications.
  • Management of journal summaries and storage.
  • System for producing back-up copies.
  • Modules:
    • Administration of the system. How to parametrize the configuration of the system, manage the system’s users, produce back-up copies, etc.
    • Cataloguing. For monographs, serial publications, acquisition of records from the Z39.50 catalogue, creation of lists of records (for novelties, saved searches, etc).
    • Loan.
    • Authorities. For authors, publishers, collections and classification. Includes the creation of a thesaurus by subject area.
    • DSI.
    • OPAC which allows readers to carry out a search in the library catalogue.
  • Available in English, French, Dutch and other languages.

Support: Documentation
Developer: PMB Services
License: CeCILL License (GPL compliant)


PMB is written in PHP. Learn PHP with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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