Designing a comprehensive library management system for a university in Mauritius involves several key components and functionalities. Here’s an outline of the system:

  1. User Management:
    • User registration and login for students, faculty, and staff.
    • User profiles to store personal information, borrowing history, and preferences.
  2. Catalog Management:
    • Database to store information about books, journals, digital resources, and other library materials.
    • Ability to add new items to the catalog with relevant details such as title, author, publication year, ISBN, etc.
    • Categorization of materials based on subject, genre, or other criteria.
    • Tracking availability and location of each item in the library.
  3. Borrowing and Return System:
    • Check-out and check-in functionality for users.
    • Borrowing limits and due dates for different user categories.
    • Automatic reminders for overdue items and notifications for holds or reservations.
    • Fine calculation and payment processing for late returns or damaged items.
  4. Search and Discovery:
    • User-friendly search interface to browse the library catalog.
    • Advanced search options based on title, author, subject, keywords, etc.
    • Availability status and location information for each item.
    • Integration with external databases or online resources for expanded search capabilities.
  5. Reservation and Interlibrary Loan:
    • Option to place holds or reserve items that are currently checked out.
    • Interlibrary loan functionality to request materials from other libraries if not available locally.
  6. Reporting and Analytics:
    • Generation of reports on library usage, popular items, overdue items, etc.
    • Analytics to identify trends, demand patterns, and areas for improvement.
  7. Admin Dashboard:
    • Administrative interface to manage system settings, user accounts, and catalog updates.
    • Access controls to assign roles and permissions to library staff.
  8. Integration and Accessibility:
    • Integration with the university’s student information system or other relevant systems.
    • Support for multiple languages and accessibility features.
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