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SOUL Requirements
Hardware Requirements
Processor Type : PIV or Higher
Processor Speed : 1.6 GHz or Higher
RAM : Minimum 512 MB (1 GB Recommended)
Free Hard Disk Space : 400 MB (Minimum)
OS Requirements
Windows XP SP3 , Windows Vista , Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server


Software for University Libraries (SOUL) is an state-of-the-art integrated library management software designed and developed by the INFLIBNET Centre based on requirements of college and university libraries. It is a user-friendly software developed to work under client-server environment. The software is compliant to international standards for bibliographic formats, networking and circulation protocols. After a comprehensive study, discussions and deliberations with the senior professionals of the country, the software was designed to automate all house keeping operations in library. The software is suitable not only for the academic libraries, but also for all types and sizes of libraries, even school libraries. The first version of software i.e. SOUL 1.0 was released during CALIBER 2000.

The latest version of the software i.e. SOUL 2.0 was released in January 2009. The database for new version of SOUL is designed for latest versions of MS-SQL and MySQL (or any other popular RDBMS). SOUL 2.0 is compliant to international standards such as MARC 21 bibliographic format, Unicode based Universal Character Sets for multilingual bibliographic records and NCIP 2.0 and SIP 2 based protocols for electronic surveillance and control.

Major Features and Functionalities

  • UNICODE based multilingual support for Indian and foreign languages;

  • Compliant to International Standards such as MARC21, AACR-2, MARCXML;

  • Compliant to NCIP 2.0 protocol for RFID and other related applications especially for electronic surveillance and self check-out & check-in;

  • Client-server based architecture, user-friendly interface that does not require extensive training;

  • Supports multi-platform for bibliographic database such as My SQL, MS-SQL or any other RDBMS;

  • Supports cataloguing of electronic resources such as e-journals, e-books, virtually any type of material;

  • Supports requirements of digital library and facilitate link to full-text articles and other digital objects;

  • Support online copy cataloguing from MARC21 supported bibliographic database;

  • Provides default templates for data entry of different type of documents. User can also customize their own data entry templates for different type of documents;

  • Provides freedom to users for generating reports of their choice and format along with template and query parameters;

  • Supports ground-level practical requirements of the libraries such as stock verification, book bank, vigorous maintenance functions, transaction level enhanced security, etc.;

  • Provides facility to send reports through e-mail, allows users to save the reports in various formats such as Word, PDF, Excel, MARCXML, etc.;

  • Highly versatile and user-friendly OPAC with simple and advanced search. OPAC users can export their search results in to PDF, MS Excel, and MARCXML format;

  • Supports authority files of personal name, corporate body, subject headings and series name;

  • Supports data exchange through ISO-2709 standard;

  • Provides simple budgeting system and single window operation for all major circulation functions;

  • Strong region-wise support for maintenance through regional coordinators. Strong online and offline support by e-mail, chat and through dedicated telephone line during office hours; and

  • Available at an affordable cost with strong institutional support.