SPINE (Shared Partnership In The East)

Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk Library Services

SPINE is a partnership of library services working together to make our resources stretch further and widen choice for customers. Follow the links to find out more or to browse the library catalogues in each of the partner authorities.

SPINE was formally established in 2011 between Cambridgeshire's and Suffolk's library services. The library services in these counties jointly procured Spydus from Civica as a shared library management system, and operate as a consortium, enabling shared borrowing across borders for the benefit of their customers. Peterborough's library service became a full member of SPINE 2017 and has the potential to offer cross-border borrowing in the future.

The SPINE Governance Document, was signed in February 2017, which consolidated the partnership.

Norfolk's library service has joined SPINE as an Associate member, having committed to joining a shared procurement when the tender for the system is due.

FAQs for SPINE customers provide guidance for people wishing to make use of cross-border borrowing and returns between Cambridgeshire and Suffolk libraries.

SPINE is keen to work with new members and encourages others to join. Any enquiries should be sent to the Chair of the Board in the first instance.