We supply local and international titles to libraries in Australia and New Zealand, offering expert curation, professional profiling and complete control over your acquisitions. James Bennett has a highly skilled team of subject specialists dedicated to learning your library's unique requirements and supporting your acquisitions program.

Our Profile and Selections team can assist you with all aspects of acquisitions from creating curated lists of titles for your acquisitions team to order from, through to guiding your selections, ordering titles that meet your requirements and managing a collections budget on your behalf.

Collection Development Services

We have helped public, school, academic, national and state libraries develop collections for over 50 years. James Bennett's powerful profiling system enhances your selection decisions and allows detailed selection by our expert buyers.

Our Profiling and Selection team source print and non-print materials in a variety of formats to meet your library's needs. We work with local and international publishers and distributors to deliver the best all-round service, including range of content, publication date, speed of supply and pricing.

We consult with your library staff in detailed interviews and workshops when establishing a new selection service to create a profile that matches your community's requirements. Regular workshops along with the use of analytical tools ensure profiles retain relevancy and adapt to changes in demand.

James Bennett Online

James Bennett Online is our online ordering platform and the largest database of its kind, containing more than 10 million new and backlist titles. The database is curated for ease of discoverability so that you can find the titles you want easily and quickly. 

JBO is fast, intuitive and reliable. 

Best of all, JBO can be tailored to your library's needs and integrated with your existing acquisitions workflows. Orders can be placed online, selection lists created and emailed, and the real-time status of your orders and stock availability is always available. JBO also makes it possible to export brief MARC records of titles that interest you.

Collection Strategy

James Bennett is a strong supporter of the local Australian publisher/distributor market. Whenever possible, both UK and US materials are always sourced locally in Australia if price and supply time is favourable, with excellent direct sourcing available.

Our Profiling and Selection experts provide a flexible range of collection development solutions. Our qualified staff can assist in any aspects of collection development requirements based on their experience and knowledge of your library's requirements.

Access these selection tools:

  • Monthly core new release list
  • Retrospective Collection Development
  • On-publication and pre-publication options
  • De-duplication for print and digital versions
  • Electronic order confirmation and alerts
  • Ordering to fill collection gaps
  • Opening day collection guidance and outsourcing
  • Trending title advice
  • Media reviewed profiles
  • Award winner profiles
  • E profiling
  • Non-subject parameter profiling and selection lists*
  • Schools Standing Order Program

*These parameters include geographic location, price, size of item and format.

For more information on Profiling & Selection Services, email

Opening Day Collections

James Bennett has been working with our library customers to provide materials for Opening Day Collections for many years. These projects have ranged in size from a smaller branch library to a main library.

Our Implementation Team will project manage every step of the process to ensure delivery of a successful Opening Day Collection.

Count on us for:

  • Project management every step of the process
  • Regular meetings with agreed milestones
  • Budget reporting with agreed targets
  • Profiling advice and workflows
  • Skilled team of buyers to make selections based on your profile
  • De-duplication workflows
  • Shelf-ready requirements (end processing and cataloguing)
  • Quality assurance

For more information on Opening Day Collections, email

New Release Service

We have provided libraries with our New Release Service for over 20 years. Our New Release kits can be viewed online via JBO.

This service includes detailed product information on core releases from a comprehensive collection of new titles from Australia and overseas. Select your library's titles up to three months prior to publication.

For more information about the New Release Service, email


James Bennett presents the most comprehensive range of multimedia titles for Australian and New Zealand libraries.

We offer six key advantages:

  • Competitive pricing
  • The widest range of titles
  • Advance notice of release dates
  • Efficient delivery lead-times
  • Tailored selection lists
  • Standing Order profiles

James Bennett makes acquisition easy. Our multimedia specialists ensure your library receives key releases and offers a collection that is tailored to your patrons. We provide advance notice of new releases via JBO and access to our convenient Core, Bestselling and In-stock lists to fill any gaps in your collection.

For more information on Multimedia Services, email the Multimedia team at


Axis 360

Axis 360 provides libraries with a state-of-the-art eplatform for circulating digital content. If you have experienced AXIS360 firsthand, you will know it has transformed the way you showcase and manage your libraries digital collection. Axis 360 combined with JBO and James Bennett's collection development services provides libraries with an integrated workflow for acquiring both print and digital content.

Feature innovations

  • One time single authentication
  • A single tap to read and listen
  • Customise content views and create notes and bookmarks
  • Sync ebook, notes and bookmarks across devices
  • Read Now browser-based reader for desktop users
  • Quick and easy jump-to-page in eBooks
  • APIs integrate your ILS, Discover Layer or mobile app provider
  • Order titles in the right balance of formats - physical and digital and all within JBO

Our dedicated Axis360 Relationship Manager is on hand to support you to increase ebook circulations statistics, stay up to date on developments and access training.

For more information on Axis 360 contact us or download flyer here.

Story Box Library

Story Box Library is a subscription based educational website, created for Australian children to view stories by Australian authors and illustrators, being read aloud by fantastic storytellers.

Feature innovations

  • Continually expanding library of quality, thought-provoking and entertaining storytelling videos, comprising over 160 stories and 8 short films to date
  • Streamed digital content to inspire pre-schoolers and primary school aged children
  • Range of sort films that enable children to discover the creative process behind the books
  • At home activities for each story
  • Flexible and user friendly, suited for use on any device that features internet access
  • Allows use by multiple devices simultaneously
  • Advertisement free zone
  • MaRC records available for new titles
  • Free remote/home access for library members

For more information on Story Box Library contact us or download flyer here.


The news you want, right where you want it. PressReader is just one of the many value added services James Bennett offer Libraries. Since 2003, PressReader has partnered with thousands of libraries and educational institutions worldwide, engaging their customers with an interactive on-demand experience with the stories and news they want. Pressreader connects you to the world's best magazines and newspapers of 6,000+ publications from 120 countries in 60 languages across tech, music, sports, lifestyle, business, science, sports and so much more.

Feature innovations

  • HotSpot Wi-Fi connectivity
  • GeoFencing for instant access without library Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Gifting
  • Branding channels & editions
  • App integration
  • Bookmarking
  • Access to back issues
  • Social sharing and commenting
  • Instant translation
  • Addition of over 8,500 Chinese Publications over coming months

For more information on PressReader contact us or download flyer here.


Kinderling is an award winning Australian audio streaming service that broadcasts music, stories, fun fables, nursery rhymes, meditations and audio edu-tainment programmes for children aged zero to nine years old. All ad-free. James Bennett is proud to exclusively offer Kinderling Kids to Public and School Libraries across Australia and New Zealand. 

Feature innovations

  • Curated and kid-safe entertainment
  • Supports Community Engagement goals
  • One of the largest audio catalogues of Australian stories - from best sellers to diverse titles
  • Multi-lingual stories
  • Bedtime Explorers has mindfully guided children to sleep over 10 million times in Australia and around the world.
  • Award winning programs that introduce kids to the natural world around them, to the human body and anatomy and the world of creativity and art
  • Kinderling Kids’ App is easy to install and use
  • Kinderling Kids can be streamed as a live radio station or accessed on-demand

For more information on Kinderling contact us or download flyer here.


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James Bennett
Unit 3, 114 Old Pittwater Road
Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia
P: +61 2 8988 5000