A little about us…

Originally known as Micro Librarian Systems or MLS for short, our company was first established in 1981 to provide market leading library management systems to schools and colleges in the UK and internationally. In 2018, MLS then rebranded to the ESS Reading Cloud you know today.

As MLS we were the first to incorporate the Identikit biometric verification technology into our systems and develop hand held mobile solutions with the introduction of Pocket Librarian.

Today, as ESS Reading Cloud, with well over 30 years’ experience in providing leading library management systems to schools and colleges, we have the scale and capability to keep up with the evolving demands of educators and our expert team are uniquely placed to provide you with the most dynamic and agile solutions in the market.

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Our mission

At our heart is a fundamental belief in the power and importance of reading. We create our library management systems to help you run your library effectively, to support you in putting the library at the heart of your school as a valuable whole school resource and to ultimately encourage reading across the entire school community.


Reading Cloud goes hand in glove with the UKLA’s mission to advance education in literacy: it supports both reading and writing skills and addresses the social and emotional aspects of a reading experience.

UK Literacy Association


Our promise to you

Our systems are built on feedback and we’ve always made it our priority to listen carefully to the recommendations and suggestions of our customers. In doing so we are able to adapt our systems to meet the ever-changing requirements of schools and colleges.

What’s more, our ongoing commitment to product development ensures that we will always have an eye on the future so you can be certain we will always provide the very best solution for you.

Our partners:

Blue block

Peters Books

Green block

Renaissance Learning, Accelerated Reader

Sponsorships and awards:

We are committed to supporting many wonderful and important initiatives throughout the year including:

  • UKLA Book Awards
  • Kids Lit Quiz
  • Salford Book Award
  • Stockport Book Award
  • Sheffield Book Award
  • Sunderland Pupil Librarian Scheme
  • Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award 2019
  • SLA Training Programme places for autumn 2019

We believe in the power of education

Reading Cloud is proud to be part of ESS!

ESS exists to make the process of education simpler and help raise standards in teaching and learning. Our education software solutions and your relentless commitment helps ensure every student has the best opportunity to succeed.

Together, we empower education.