Koha: Open Source Library Software

Koha is an open source Integrated Library System (ILS), used world-wide by public, academic and special libraries. The name koha comes from a Māori term for a gift or donation.Koha is web-based ILS, with a SQL database backend with cataloguing data stored in MARC and accessible via Z39.50. The user interface is very configurable and adaptable and has been translated into many languages. Koha has most of the features that would be expected in an ILS, including:
  • Simple, clear interface for librarians and members (patrons)
  • Various Web 2.0 facilities like tagging and RSS feeds
  • Union catalog facility
  • Customizable search
  • Circulation and borrower management
  • Full acquisitions system including budgets and pricing information (including supplier and currency conversion)
  • Simple acquisitions system 
  • 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
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