Koha Tips and Tricks


Koha Tutorial on Hiding Items from the OPAC

This koha tutorial will cover the basics of how to hide specific items from being visible in the OPAC.  Your library has the capability to hide specific shelving locations, item types, withdrawn items and collection codes.   There is a system preference called : opachiddenitems  which allows custom rules to […]


Privacy and Circulation History in Koha

In this Koha tutorial, let’s talk about Patron Privacy and how staff and patrons can manage their privacy settings in the OPAC and staff client. Patron Categories Let’s start with the patron categories in Administration. This lets you control the Default privacy for each patron category. This controls how long […]


How to check out books using the barcode or a keyword search

Would you like to have the option to check out an item in Koha using either the barcode or a keyword? In this Koha tutorial, learn how the new system preference itemBarcodeFallbackSearch allows you to do just that. As you can see in the screenshot below, when this system preference […]


Learning the Basics of Reports

Learn more about the basics of SQL, and some of the features of the Koha reports page. As a quick quick refresher, a basic sql query is composed of SELECT, FROM and WHERE clauses, and looks like this: SELECT borrowers.firstname, borrowers.surname, biblio.title, issues.date_due FROM borrowers JOIN issues using (borrowernumber) JOIN […]


Koha Tutorial on How to Incorporate Novelist into Your Staff Client Catalog

In this Koha tutorial, if your library subscribes to Novelist, the 16.11 update of Koha now makes it possible for your staff to access Novelist in staff client catalog. This update includes two new system preferences that allow you to integrate Novelist directly into your staff catalog interface. In the […]


Customizing the More Searches Menu on the OPAC in Koha

Here is a short tutorial video about how to customize the More Searches Menu on the OPAC in Koha.  There are also step by step instructions on how to do this below. Here are some step by step instructions for adding  a new search: On the OPAC side of Koha, […]


How to Limit Purchase Suggestions in Koha

Koha Tutorial – Purchase Suggestions One of the new enhancements in the 16.11 version of Koha is the system preference MaxOpenSuggestions. This system preference allows you to limit the number of open purchase suggestions a patron can have. This koha tutorial walks you through how to configure this system preference […]