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Koha – scalable library management system

Koha is a highly popular, award-winning open source integrated library system (ILS).

Koha offers cataloging, searching, an acquisitions system, member/patron management, and circulation (issues, returns, and reserves). It has expanded from serving as the ILS at a public library in New Zealand to more than 1000 academic, public, and private libraries across the world.

Features include:

  • Simple, clear interface for librarians and members (patrons).
  • Full-featured integrated library system.
  • Library Standards Compliant.
  • MARC based cataloging.
  • Various Web 2.0 facilities like tagging and RSS feeds.
  • Union Catalog Facility.
  • Full text searching using a relational database management system which can read structured records in almost any input format such as XML and MARC.
  • Circulation and borrower management.
  • Cataloging module with integrated Z39.50 client.
  • Full acquisitions system including budgets and pricing information (including supplier and currency conversion).
  • Simple acquisitions system for the smaller library.
  • Ability to cope with any number of branches, patrons, patron categories, item categories, items, currencies and other data.
  • Serials system for magazines or newspapers.
  • Reading lists for members.
  • Web-based interfaces.

Support: Documentation
Developer: Koha Library Software Community
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


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