We supply local and international titles to public 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, 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.

Profiling & Selection Services

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*

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

For more information on Profiling & Selection Services, email

Mediated Profiles

Our Mediated Profile service is designed to alert you to a wide range of new titles chosen to suit your library's needs. The benefits of using our mediated service:

  • Titles selected based on selection profiles developed in partnership with you
  • New title advice delivered weekly or monthly to your JBO user account
  • Flexibility to manage and manipulate the data even further to suit your needs
  • Lists can be tailored based on subject, author, publisher or series along with non-subject parameter exclusions such as format and price
  • Ability to share and save lists

For more information on our New Titles Service via Mediated Profiles, 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


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Contact Info

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