So simple, it's a piece of cake!

About us

Library software designed by a librarian 

We're different! Our  library software is designed by a Chartered Librarian in consultation with clients.

We aim to help you:
  • Easily manage both print and electronic library resources
  • Reduce the time you spend on library administration by at least 25%
  • Get out from behind the desk to help your users achieve their goals
  • Make it easy for users to help themselves - the online Web OPAC that is as simple to use as a website
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Simple Little Library System history

In the late 1990s, Penny developed her first library system, PenLib, because she was frustrated by the user experience of the existing library management systems she came across. Most were built for large academic and public libraries so Penny developed PenLib for small libraries.

Launched in 2016, Simple Little Library System is a re-write of PenLib using modern browser based technology. So all the library software packages are fully responsive for mobiles, tablets, laptops and computers.

Simple Little Library System retains all the loved features of PenLib and adds new functionality combined with a fresh new intuitive user interface.


Our Vision Statement

Bailey Solutions creates innovative and excellent library software products that library and information professionals enjoy using. We achieve this by listening to our customers and engaging with them. We regard the products as their products with Bailey Solutions as the technical enablers because ultimately our customers use our software to achieve their goals.

Our Mission Statement

Bailey Solutions’ mission is to help library and information professionals excel in their jobs by providing the software tools to help them work smarter and more effectively.

Our Values

  • We offer transparent pricing.
  • We listen to our clients and understand their mindset by holding regular user group meetings and product consultations.
  • We actively seek new features and improvements.
  • We don’t charge individual clients for development – we incorporate new features as options in our standard build for the benefit of all our clients.
  • We are truthful with our clients at all times.
  • We consistently deliver high levels of customer service.

Our Culture

A pleasant and democratic organisation that consults and empowers its people so they can work to high professional standards.

Our People

  • Are recruited to fit in with our culture.
  • Are consulted about the strategy and direction of the company.
  • Are empowered to deliver high quality services and products.
  • Are enabled to work to high professional standards.
  • Are problem solvers
  • Like learning and growing.
  • Take pride in their work.
  • Work in a friendly and pleasant environment without fear of negative repercussions.
  • Work in light and airy open plan offices in central Hove that encourage collaboration and consultation.
Meet the team on this page. 

Meet the "chefs" with all the right ingredients ...

Penny Bailey

Managing Director

'Head Chef' Penny is the founder of Bailey Solutions and is a software designer & entrepreneur. Other key facts:

  • Chartered Librarian
  • Treasurer of CLSIG (Commercial, Legal and Scientific Interest Group) of CILIP
  • Member of the Institute of Directors and finalist for Director of the Year Award 2008
  • Fellow of the RSA
  • Former website editor for (British and Irish Association of Law Librarians) BIALL
  • Joint winner of the BIALL / Lexis Nexis Butterworths Awards for Excellence for Best use of Technology in a Library Project for the BIALL web site

For more information see LinkedIn

Chat to me on Twitter @ExpertLMS

Favourite cake: Peanut Butter Blondies



Penny Bailey

Shaun Ellenger

Product Consultant

'Front of house', Shaun has a wealth of experience in sales and customer services within the digital media world. For over 20 years Shaun has worked for small business & large corporate companies within the Brighton area. From managing teams and helping businesses grow with sales, marketing strategies & training sales teams with my enthusiasm and cheerful approach to the job in hand.

Favourite YouTube clip: Crazed office man. We have all thought about reacting like this.

For more information see LinkedIn

Chat to me on Twitter @EnquiryTracker

Favourite cake: Lemon Drizzle Cake


Shaun Ellenger

Tim Unsted

Head of Technical Development

Tim's been working at Bailey Solutions since before we incorporated and is a shareholder & founder. Tim has been responsible for the development of most of our library software products and is a talented application developer. Working in SQL Server, C# and .net Tim has created Simple Little Library System for you.

Interesting facts: Tim cycles a lot

For more information see LinkedIn

Favourite cake: the classic Victoria Sponge


Tim Unsted

Steve Hall

Senior developer

Steve, is the brain behind our enquiry tracking software: KnowAll Enquire. His speciality is a SQL Server and combo and he uses all sorts of other technical ingredients.

Interesting fact: Steve has 3 monitors

For more information see LinkedIn

Favourite cake: Chocolate Cake always wins


Steve Hall

Trevor Neil

Systems Analyst

Trevor doesn't want to say how many years he's been working as our Systems Analyst, writing code and scripts to fix your problems. Let's just say he's very experienced and he's our 'Mr Fix It'.

Interesting fact: Trevor likes going to gigs and drinking pints

For more information see LinkedIn

Favourite cake: anything with meat - make mine a Cornish pasty or steak pie



Trevor Neil

Bao Tran Hedley

Client Liaison

Bao is our Client Liaison currently working with you when you join us as a new client or when you upgrade your software. Bao is very well qualified to look after you! Other key facts:

  • Association of Accounting Technicians AAT Cert. Level 3
  • Trained in project management
  • Has a BA in Business Administration
  • Has a Postgraduate Diploma in International Business with majors in Marketing and International Business & Finance
  • Speaks fluent English, German and Vietnamese

Bao loves her food which she doesn’t share with anyone – especially cake!”

Favourite cake: Chocolate cake



Bao Tran Hedley

Marc Vincent

Application Support Engineer

Marc recently joined our support team as a support engineer, so you might be talking to him or emailing him when you contact us for help. In his spare time Marc blogs about dinosaurs.

Favourite cake: coffee cake with coffee of course!



Marc Vincent