The world's first free and open source library system. Koha is a fully featured, scalable library management system. Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types and sizes, volunteers, and support companies worldwide.
Koha is the first free and open source software library automation
Developed initially in New Zealand by Katipo Communications with Horowhenua Library Trust.
When working in the Koha staff client it is strongly recommended that you use an up-to-date version of either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Koha’s staff client may not work well in Microsoft Internet Explorer, especially older versions.
Full-featured ILS. In use worldwide in libraries of all sizes, Koha is a true enterprise-class ILS with comprehensive functionality including basic and advanced options. Koha includes modules for acquisitions, circulation, cataloging, serials management, authorities, flexible reporting, label printing, multi-format notices, offline circulation for when Internet access is not available, and much more. Koha will work for consortia of all sizes, multi-branch, and single-branch libraries.
Proven, Stable Technologies: Koha is tried and tested and has demonstrated both stability and scalability, used in hundreds of libraries worldwide.
Software Collaboration and Resource Sharing: Software solutions that are available to all libraries worldwide. libraries benefits from the contributions of other participating library systems.
Long term Support: With proprietary software, source code is 'closed' and support and future development of the product rely on the success and resources of a single vendor. If the vendor goes under, so does your product support. Open-source solutions rely on stable code bases developed and supported by many providers worldwide.
User-driven: Open-Source software user-driven--you decide what features are important and deserve attention. We implement features that you opt to.
Cost-effective: Paying licensing fees for proprietary solutions, users of open-source software can often deploy the product using limited or no resources. You pay only for installation, support or any additional services required.
Innovation: Code is open, users are free to innovate and improve the software to meet their needs Free innovation also means that open-source software has much faster development cycles when compared to proprietary software.
Free/open source software koha is an economical alternative to reliance upon commercially supplied software. It means the cost involved development, license, upgrading, maintenance etc., lower than commercial software. Free/Open source Koha has all the feature of commercial software:
KOHA OPAC Module
KOHA Delegation of Authority
KOHA Members Module
KOHA Circulation Module
KOHA Cataloguing Module
KOHA Serials Module
KOHA Acquisition Module
Last Release New Features
The "search to order" function allows staff to add items to an order via a new ‘Search to order’ function accessible from the basket. The order can then be created either directly from the result list or the detail pages of the catalog.
This replaces the former search functionality for existing records within the acquisitions module and makes it possible to use all search features and information shown in the normal catalog.
When enabled, this feature makes it possible to define circulation desks per library.
Future developments are planned to allow associating hold pickup locations with desks and other features.
With events sometimes leading to unforeseen library closures, (Coronavirus for example), this new tool allows librarians to update due dates in bulk based on library and current due date of the materials on loan.
Fines and fees
The "Point of Sale" feature adds point of sale functionality to Koha.
When enabled, a new “Point of sale” screen will be available from the staff client home page. From this screen, one can build up a transaction consisting of various items defined in the account debit types administration area and then process the transaction anonymously making a ‘sale’ to the end-user. The payment type, cash register and staff user id’s are all stored for later auditing purposes.
The "Cashup" feature complements the new ‘Point of sale’ page by adding a page to display historic transactions that have taken place on the selected cash register since the last ‘cashup’ event. One can record a ‘cashup’ from this page by comparing the summary values displayed on the page to the actual amounts found in the cash register and then clicking the ‘cashup’ button to record that this process has taken place.
The "refund" process adds a workflow that allows staff with the new refund permission to refund/reimburse patrons when they have been incorrectly charged for a transaction. It records an audit trail for the process.
The "payout" process adds an audited process for paying out excess credits on a patrons account.
When enabled circulation process to inter-library loans, adds the option for library staff to immediately issue a received inter-library loan item to the patron who requested it. The checkout is immediate and due date is set, either as a fixed date entered by the librarian or based upon the standard circulation rules.
The context-sensitive report a problem process when enabled, lets patrons report problems using the OPAC.
It adds a link to each page of the OPAC to a form so that patrons can report problems. Problems are then available via a new problem report management area in the staff interface.