Richards Free Library Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Implementation

June 2nd, 2010
Nathan Curulla
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Richards Free Library Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Implementation

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that Richards Free Library, of Newport, NH has partnered with them for the installation and support of the official version of the Koha integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions will provide the Richards Free Library with a full Koha Installation, data migration, customization of their staff and public interface, 24/7 comprehensive support, and hosting services.

Andrea Thorpe, Director of Richards Free Library, commented on their decision to switch to Koha supported by ByWater Solutions:

“I am a strong believer in collaboration and sharing. I have been reading about KOHA since it was first introduced in New Zealand and know that it has a strong world-wide community. I was looking for an ILS that would serve the needs of a small public library. I believe Koha will do that.‚Äù

She continues; “The rave reviews from Lucinda Walker and Stephanie Chase of the Green Mountain Consortium and ByWater’s willingness to work with a small public library with limited means were the two reasons why we chose ByWater Solutions.‚Äù

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Andrea and her staff at Richards Free Library. It is exciting to see another New Hampshire library take the open source route and we hope to see this trend continue!‚Äù

About Richards Free Library:

Richards Free Library, of Newport, NH. serves a population of over 7,000 residents and maintains a collection of over 40,000 titles. The library in its role as a place to find up to date information utilizes books, microfilm, periodicals, historical archives, and the internet. They are also a member of the Green Mountain Library Consortium. For more information about the Richards Free Library, please visit

About Koha:

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 user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circ, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies–XHTML, CSS and Javascript–making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit

About ByWater Solutions
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit:

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