Koha : The First Open Source ILS
Koha is the first
open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its
development is steered by a growing community of libraries
collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's impressive
feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its
worldwide in libraries of all sizes, Koha is a true enterprise-class
ILS with comprehensive functionality including basic or advanced
options. Koha includes modules for circulation, cataloging,
acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch
relationships, and more. For a comprehensive overview of features visit
the Koha feature map.
Dual Database Design. Koha uses a dual database design that utilizes the strengths of the two major industry-standard database types (text-based and RDBMS). This design feature ensures that Koha is scalable enough to meet the transaction load of any library, no matter what the size.
Library Standards Compliant. Koha is built using library standards and protocols that ensure interoperability between Koha and other systems and technologies, while supporting existing workflows and tools.
Free / Open Source. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). More information on the GPL can be found here.
No Vendor Lock-in. It is an important part of the open-source promise that there is no vendor lock-in: libraries are free to install and use Koha themselves if the have the in-house expertise or to purchase support or development services from the best available source. For more information about obtaining support visit the support page.
Current version of Koha is 3 for production systems.
With Koha 3, version numbering has been changed to use a method similar to
* major: one digit
* minor: two-digit
* revision: two-digit
* build: three-digit
Visit this page for more details.