Library a la Carte - The Next Frontier

Exciting new things are coming to Library à la Carte. Click here for more info.

Content Management System for Libraries

The Library à la Carte Content Management System (CMS) enables librarians to easily and quickly create dynamic web pages that integrate Web 2.0 features, such as chat and RSS feeds, with traditional library content, such as catalogs and article databases. Library à la Carte is a free open-source solution for libraries by libraries. 

Library Information Made to Order

Library à la Carte gives librarians a menu of choices to build course assignment pages, subject guides and tutorials. Customized content in bite-size chunks helps users discover and connect with library resources and librarians.

Course Guides Subject Guides Portal Pages Modules
Course Guides Subject Guides Portal Pages Modules

06/26/2013 - 16:30

 The creators of LibraryH3lp have recently announced their continued development of Library à la Carte. You can find their announcement at

12/14/2012 - 13:33

Dear Library à la Carte User Community, 


After careful consideration of OSU Libraries & Press' current programming capacity and direction, a thorough analysis of what it will take for us to bring Library à la Carte up-to-date with the latest features and best practices of Ruby on Rails, we have decided to stop further development of Library à la Carte 

07/16/2012 - 14:18

The current release of Library a la Carte strips out iframe elements when adding them via the WYSIWYG editor.

To change this, edit the following file:


Find the section for uses_tiny_mce :options and add one more to the list:


10/17/2010 - 15:32

Check out this user generated video on creating guides in Library a la Carte.

10/13/2010 - 15:10

The GitHub repository has been updated with the 1.5 code. Go "git" it!

10/01/2010 - 15:19

Library a la Carte is in need of support from the community that uses it. The following is a list of things we need.

09/27/2010 - 11:12

 I'm happy to announce a new release of Library a la Carte. This release has
many new features, changes and bug fixes!

New Features in the Tool:

Search Pages, Guides, Tutorials and Modules.
This feature should help you find your content quicker in the tool. This
search is a full text search that searches most of your content.

07/22/2010 - 12:50
In anticipation of a new release, we will be performing updates to the demo tool this week. You may experience downtime or other issues, please be patient. 
05/21/2010 - 13:51
We found a bug in 1.4.5 that is critical.  I pushed a bug fix out. See

Replace guide_controller.rb with the one in the package.
02/08/2010 - 11:43
For those git users, Library a la Carte is now also hosted on GitHub and Rubyforge.