Koha

Koha is a fully featured, scalable library management system. Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types and sizes, volunteers, and support companies worldwide. To learn more visit the Koha Community.

The History

In 1999 the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand contracted with Katipo Communications to develop a new ILS before their existing system failed due to Y2K. During the proposal process, Katipo suggested to the library that the software they developed should be released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) to ensure the project lived on and would be able to be supported by other companies.

Ransom, Joann, Chris Cormack, and Rosalie Blake. "How Hard Can It Be? : Developing in Open Source.", The Code4Lib Journal no. 7 (June 26, 2009). http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/1638.

Community Facts

  • 400+ Koha Contributors
  • 16k Global Downloads
  • 46 Translated Languages

Documentation

For Koha Manuals, Wik, Schema, Bugzilla, SQL and more visit the Koha Community Website.