Purpose: The aim of this study was to measure the status of automation, training of staff and level of implementation towards library management systems in public and private university libraries in Lahore, Pakistan.
Design/methodology/approach: This study used a quantitative research approach. A Survey was carried out to collect data from the respondents. A structured research instrument was formulated after a review of the literature to collect data from the university libraries of Lahore city.
Results: The data analysis of this study revealed that the majority of the libraries are fully automated and only a few libraries are partially automated. Most of the libraries are satisfied with LIMS free based software and KOHA open source software, due to the availability of essential library software modules and facility of customization. The majority of the libraries’ staff got training to use the library management system. A large number of libraries software has Cataloguing, Circulation, Membership, Reports, OPAC, Serials and Acquisition modules and only one library has a Mobile app.
Originality/value: The findings of this research might be helpful for libraries in the selection of standard library management systems for their housekeeping functions, evaluation and selection criteria of library software for Pakistani libraries and especially for the libraries of Lahore.