Best Open Source Linux Library Management Systems

  • Tue, 01/12/2016 - 12:29 by aatif

A library management system is also called integrated library system has ability to manage operations of more than single library functions. It is excellent automatic resource planning system, it allow users to operate efficiently and freeing staff from unnecessary tasks.

Open source software for libraries is a good choice. Because open source allow us to run,distribute,modify according to need without any restrictions. Due to these features open source is number one choice for many users. In this article briefly discussed some open source Linux Library Management Systems.

VuFind is an open source library search engine. It is designed and developed for libraries by libraries and permit users to search and browse beyond the resources of a traditional OPAC.The basic purpose of VuFind is to provide the ease so that user can search and browse through all of your library's electronic resources. Operating VuFind is very easy to use and its simple interface is same as Google which offer flexible keyword searching. VuFind also provide the ease for configuration and allow to choose system components to best fit their needs. It used famous open source web application components like the Apache web server, PHP scripting language and MySQL database.

Some Of The Features Of VuFind are:

Provide persistent URLs
Author biographies
Supported Multi-language
Browse for resources
Live Record Status
Location with Ajax querying
Personal organization and annotation of resources
Search with faceted results

Koha is a very famous and award wining open source Integrated Library System used by hundreds of libraries worldwide. It is mostly used by school,public and special libraries. Koha provide acquisitions system,cataloging,member,patron management,issues, returns,reserves and searching. No need to install software on desktop computer because Koha is a web based solution. It comes with very comprehensive features and allow you to select specific feature which you want through the administration of system preferences. As Koha is an open source every one have freedom to modify it according to your specific needs and it also allow you to re-distribute it.

Some Of The Features Of Koha are:

Provide customizable search.
Reporting and Reading lists for members.
Provide full acquisitions system including budgets and pricing information.
Union catalog facility and configurable user interface.
Web based interfaces and serials system for magazines or newspapers.
Cataloging module and circulation.
Borrower management and MARC based cataloging.
Library standard compliant and integrated library system.

Evergreen is an open source Integrated Library System used by over 1000 libraries around the world. It is developed by the Georgia Public Library Service for Public Information Network for Electronic Services (PINES) and it is written in C, Perl, XUL, JS programming languages. It also supported cross platform and available in English. Evergreen has ability supported large public library and state wide consortium environments ans as well can be used in single branch libraries. Evergreen is used by libraries to facilitate their public catalog interface,acquisition of library materials,sharing resources among different groups of libraries.

Some Of The Features Of Evergreen are:

Online public access catalog (OPAC).
For staff to check items in and out to patrons.
Keep track of purchased materials.
Provide powerful reporting with statistical information stored in the database.
Customizable label printing and unlimited notes for annotating item.
Template based receipt printing.
Integration with news aggregates,unAPI and web browser.