Request for Proposal

Integrated Library System
RFP Number:  RFP-2021-BPL-ILS

Full Request for Proposal

Overview & Purpose

This request for Proposal (RFP) is issued by the Bossier Parish Libraries for the purpose of obtaining proposals from Proposers for a hosted Integrated Library System (ILS). BPL seeks a new ILS for the following intended outcomes.

  • Adaptability – Any selected ILS should have the adaptability to be scalable and flexible for expanding collections and customer base. BPL database must allow for increases with patron records, collection codes, location identifiers, and bibliographic/title records. 
  • Curated Collections – Any selected ILS must include strong analytic tools. BPL will use these tools to create a strong, independent, curated collection for the community—focusing on genres, formats, and other key informational points that the community desires.
  • Discoverability – Ability to enhance the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) for BPL’s Community to facilitate a better Discovery experience of library materials, both physical and online.
  • User-Friendly Design – Provide one place to look for our users, both staff and public interface. Must be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Support ease of use, intuitive design, and efficient workflow.
  • Responsiveness – Any selected ILS should have the ability to adapt to BPL needs and to further allow BPL to make changes to adapt to patrons’ needs. Strong analytic tools are necessary; statistical information will help focus our decisions regarding purchasing, policy, and future directions.
  • Standards – Adhere to library industry and technology standards and best practices.
  • Web-Based – Any selected ILS must include a web-based staff client to allow for access beyond BPL walls. This will be necessary for growing the BPL’s Community Engagement department and meeting patrons where they are in the community. Staff must be able to perform circulation duties, such as library card registration and materials checkout, outside of the BPL network.


Contact Information

All questions regarding this RFP should be submitted in writing no less than fourteen (14) days (May 10, 2021) prior to the opening of proposals.  Questions regarding the proposal may be addressed to both:

Heather McEntee
Director of Libraries
Bossier Parish Libraries
4915 Shed Road
Bossier City, LA  71111


Teresa Rice
Associate Director of Technical Services
Bossier Parish Libraries
4915 Shed Road
Bossier City, LA  71111


Estimated Schedule of Events

RFP Advertisement Period Begins April 22, 2021
Deadline for Questions May 10, 2021
Library Response to Proposer Questions May 17, 2021
Deadline for Receipt of Proposal May 24, 2021
Proposer Demonstration May 25-26, 2021
Library Board of Control Review May 27, 2021
Bid Award Announced May 27, 2021
System Fully Operational October 1, 2021


Full Request for Proposal

Click below for a full and printable copy of the request for proposal for a new integrated library system at Bossier Parish Libraries.

Full Request for Proposal