About Koha

Fully Featured ILS

Koha is almost certainly the world’s most widely used Integrated Library System. It’s free to download, so the number of installations cannot be precisely known but certainly exceeds several thousand. Used by National, Academic, Public, School and Special libraries on every continent (yes, even Antarctica – ask us!), Koha is a true enterprise-class ILS with comprehensive functionality, scalable from the smallest to the largest collections.

Koha includes modules for circulation, cataloguing, acquisitions, serials, patron management, reporting and more.

With over 500 system preferences, flexibility over rules for circulation and fines control, the ability to add CSS, HTML and javascript and to add your own SQL reports, Koha is highly configurable to the needs of any type of library.  Leave the default settings or configure to your needs.

See a list of Koha features


Complies with Library Standards

Koha is built using library standards and protocols that ensure interoperability between Koha and other systems and technologies.

The metadata schema is MARC21 with RDA compliance and (optional) full support for Authority records.  Metadata schema independence is planned for a future release.

Other protocols and APIs implemented in the system include Z39.50, SIP2, OAI-PMH, ILS-DI, SRU, JSON, RestfulAPI, OCLC Connexion, LDAP, CAS and Shibboleth.

E-Books from Overdrive can be integrated using SIP2; content can be sourced from Google, Syndetics, Library Thing and others.


Web-Based Access

Koha is a fully web based application accessed entirely through your web browser. There is no need to load any software to local PCs or user devices.

The OPAC is responsive for mobile devices and provides friendly and intuitive catalogue searching. Users may log in to manage their own account, make suggestions, place reserves or renew loans.

Circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant web technologies – HTML, CSS and Javascript – making Koha a truly platform-independent solution.

The project actively maintains compliance with accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.0).


Open Source Software

Koha is free and open source software.  There are no license fees, ever.  Pay only for the services you receive.

Koha is distributed under the General Public License of the Free Software Foundation, Version 3 or later.

Proponents of free software assert that there are many advantages to developing software in the open.  These include faster development, better quality, better security and mitigation of risks.  Ask us for references.

Koha is a successful free software project with an active community of users and developers world-wide. This community provides robust software which continues to develop rapidly. Visit the community website for more information or check out the project dashboard.

An important part of the free software promise is that there is no vendor lock-in: libraries are free to install and use Koha themselves if they have the in-house expertise or to purchase support or development services from Koha for Schools or others. Other Koha support companies exist in Australia and overseas.

Some software support providers have used the software-as-a-service model to attempt to lock users in to a particular solution. Koha for Schools adopts policies and practices to assure users’ freedoms, even whilst hosted in the cloud. We will not charge customers to leave our service.


Try Koha Now!

Have a look and use the catalogue interface and the staff user interface on our demo version.

Demo version of the OPAC

Demo version of staff client

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