About Scriblio


What Is Scriblio?

Scriblio (formerly WPopac) is an award winning, free, open source CMS and OPAC with faceted searching and browsing features based on WordPress. Scriblio is a project of Plymouth State University, supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Free and open source
  • Represents bibliographic collections — library catalogs and such — in an easily searchable, highly remixable web-based format
  • Leverages WordPress to offer rich content management features for all a library’s content
  • Don’t forget the free and open source part

What’s it look like?

Getting Started With Scriblio?

Sites Running Scriblio

Who Is Scriblio?

27 Responses to “About Scriblio”

  • 1
    Kent Gottschalk Hansen Says:


    I’ve seen the implementations of Scriblio, and is very interested in trying it out – any news on when it will be openly awailable?

    Kent Gottschalk Hansen
    National Art Library Denmark

  • 2
    Casey Says:


    You’re in luck. You can download it here, and please join the mail list.

  • 3
    Google Guy Says:

    I think this is a great tool. Will test drive it sometime this week and will write a review.

  • 4
    jones Says:

    How do you interface this with an Innovative catalog?

  • 5
    Casey Says:


    The documentation is lagging behind the code, but…

    After installing Scriblio activate the Scriblio III Importer plugin. Go to Manage > Import > Scriblio III Importer. And follow the steps as they appear in these screenshots: http://flickr.com/photos/scriblio/sets/72157603031251442/

  • 6
    Adam Pope Says:

    I’ve been approached by a community of bibliophiles who want to share their personal collections online. Rather that have them catalogue their books/DVDs/CDs individually, it would be nice for them to be able to search the worldcat records Scriblio is based on and click ‘add to my collection’. I can then build the system so they can share their media with one another accordingly.

    Can I use Scriblio’s database for this do you think?

  • 7
    David Kane Says:

    Hi, I am trying to import records from my catalogue into Scriblio and I am unable to do so. Could this be because I do not have III’s XML Server installed?

    Thanks a lot.

    David Kane
    Systems Librarian, Waterford Institute of Technology
    (Using WordPress 2.5)

  • 8
    Lamson Library @ Plymouth State Univertiy | Web 2.0 Tools and Services in Libraries Says:

    [...] most of the other libraries, the Lamson Library of the PSU website is powered by Scriblio (formerly WPopac) , a free, open source Content Management System (CMS)  and Online Public Access [...]

  • 9
    P. Lyons Says:

    Will this work with asp? We use SirsiDynix, but it’s an off site application. They host our catalog and we access it over the net. Patrons don’t know the difference. Point is—we don’t actually house content on our servers.

  • 10
    WPopac « colombianflowers Says:

    [...] – The Plymouth State University Lamson Library’s OPAC runs on WPopac, now known as Scriblio. You can access the site [...]

  • 11
    Scriblio (WPopac), u open social en wordpress. « Catalogo de S.L. para Gestores de Información Says:

    [...] sobre WordPress y sus posibilidades, me encuentro con herramientas que realmente me sorprenden. Scriblio es una de ellas. Inscrita por Dídac Margaix, dentro del grupo de diferentes modelos existentes de [...]

  • 12
    John Tropea Says:

    Hey guys,

    I’m doing some volunteer work for a child counselling place.

    They have about 500 books and need them catalogued and want an electronic borrowing system (at the moment they are using a book)

    I’ve found some free software like Koha and Greenstone, but it’s too complicated…I’m after something really simple.

    Scriblio sounds great – but not sure if it has a borrowing feature (circulation)…if not, any recommendations

  • 13
    Stef Says:


    I, like John T, am looking for a system that will allow electronic borrowing capabilities. I am administering a new academy and would love to allocate library info to a student record when borrowing needs to happen…also when distributing textbooks…any ideas? I am using “moodle” for student management and Drupal as our main CMS. Any help to make this aspect more efficient would be greatly appreciated! :-)



  • 14
    KM Says:

    why function posts_where($query) in scriblio.php is needed?
    to exclude ‘catalog_author_id’? coz i got empty author_id in wp-admin/edit.php page, and no post is found. See SQL below:

    return( AND post_author AND wp_posts.post_type = ‘post’ AND (wp_posts.post_status = ‘publish’ OR wp_posts.post_status = ‘future’ OR wp_posts.post_status = ‘draft’ OR wp_posts.post_status = ‘pending’ OR wp_posts.post_status = ‘private’)

  • 15
    Erika Says:

    My collegue and I have been doing research for next generation OPAC and its implementation into
    Japanese library systems.
    Also we are planning to write an article about it as an achievement of our research. The journal will be issued on fall 2008.
    As the result of our research, we are very interested in Scriblio as one of the best next generation OPACs in both commercial and free sources. Especially making it possible to search individual aritcles is really remarkable.
    Therefore please allow us to introduce your OPAC with using some images of those remarkable features
    in our article.
    I cannot attach them here so that I really appreciate how we should obtain your permission.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

  • 16
    Joe Malik Says:

    The next step is to make an content management system based ILS! I think some people are already working on this in Drupal. This is completely possible and would offer incredible flexibility.

    Joe Malik

  • 17
    Yesterday’s Twits « Where is my towel? Says:

    [...] 2.0: wordpress meets OPAC: about.scriblio.net/about [...]

  • 18
    Isabelle Julian Says:

    I’m interested in learning more about Scriblio. I have a few questions and hoping someone will be able to answer:

    1. Does it display in English and French?
    2. Does it display in MARC format?
    3. Does it provide ranking?
    4. Does it support OpenURL link resolver?
    5. Searches on what fields?
    6. Are we able to use the interface whilst new recoreds are being input/indexed?
    7. Does it provide active links for linking fields (MARC 856)?
    8. Is it able to determine availability (link with ILS)?

    Thank you!


  • 19
    Paul Sitko Says:

    About how many sites are using Scriblio in production? Are any ARL institutions using it?

  • 20
    slee Says:

    I really like the idea of this but is there any information on what it actually does? how does it use WordPress to enhance it as a CMS?

  • 21
    DDDepressionnn Says:

    There has come winter :(
    It became cold and cloudy!
    Mood very bad :(
    Depression Begins

  • 22
    élet és könyvtár » Archívum » Scriblio Says:

    [...] gondolta, hogy jó lesz, ha a blogmotorból OPAC-motort gyárt, és lőn a WPopac, majd ebből a Scriblio. Volt róla szó errefelé [...]

  • 23
    Recent Links Tagged With "opac" - JabberTags Says:

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  • 24
    Lee Says:

    When load the marc file, the following error is shown.:

    “Unable to create directory /usr/share/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02. Is its parent directory writable by the server”.

    (Even though we had already create “uploads” folder and chmod to 777 for the folder, the error still comes out)

    Is there any suggestion to solve the problem? thanks!

  • 25
    Kristin Says:

    I looking to create a database that accessible to those with vision loss? Has there been any research on how scriblio works with screen readers etc for more universal access?

  • 26
    Xtofe Says:


    Three Important Questions:
    Is Scriblio OAI-compliant?
    Can OAI-PMH harvesters harvest its database?
    Can we import and export its database in dubline core format?

  • 27
    Bilingual Librarian » WPopac Says:

    [...] – The Plymouth State University Lamson Library’s OPAC runs on WPopac, now known as Scriblio. You can access the site here. Filed under : Libraries, Public Libraries, Technology, USA, Web [...]

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