Open Library Stack

Innovative understands that libraries exist in a complex ecosystem and the Library Services Platform must communicate with external systems - from vendors to accounting software to PC reservation systems - without staff intervention.

Our Open Library Stack works for libraries of all sizes because we recognize the power of open system architecture with APIs and cloud optimization to ensure our system is open, scalable, and extensible for the future. LEARN MORE

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APIs & Tools

  • Sierra API - Modern, lightweight, and RESTful APIs that enable you to harvest and update records in Sierra. GET STARTED
  • Legacy APIs - Web Services APIs using SOAP/XML and (s)FTP. TECHDOCS VENDORDOCS
  • Sierra DNA - Build SQL queries to extend Sierra. CHECK OUT THE FORUMS

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New in Sierra API 3.2

  • Bundled with Sierra 3.0
  • Patron CREATE API - In addition to READ and UPDATE operations for patron records, the Sierra API now supports the CREATE operation for patron names, addresses, emails, phones, and PINs. This is a key component for integrating Student Information Systems with Sierra. Follow on Sierra API releases will enable more patron record fields for CREATE, READ, and UPDATE in addition to support for deleting patrons.
  • Simultaneous Bib/Item Holds Placed with API independent of local holds configuration on Sierra.