Best Open Source Linux Library Management Systems

  • Tue, 01/12/2016 - 12:29 by aatif

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

Open-source software for libraries is a good choice. Because open source allows us to run, distribute, modify according to need without any restrictions. Due to these features, open-source is the number one choice for many users. 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 permits users to search and browse beyond the resources of a traditional OPAC. The basic purpose of VuFind is to provide ease so that users can search and browse through all of your library's electronic resources. Operating VuFind is very easy to use and its simple interface is the same as Google which offers flexible keyword searching. VuFind also provides ease for configuration and allows to choose system components to best fit their needs. It used famous open sources web application components like the Apache web server, PHP scripting language, and MySQL database.

Some Of The Features Of VuFind is:

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-winning open source Integrated Library System used by hundreds of libraries worldwide. It is mostly used by schools, public and special libraries. Koha provides an acquisitions system, cataloging, member, patron management, issues, returns, reserves, and searching. No need to install software on a desktop computer because Koha is a web-based solution. It comes with very comprehensive features and allows you to select specific feature which you want through the administration of system preferences. As Koha is open-source everyone has the freedom to modify it according to their specific needs and it also allows 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 the ability to support large public library and state-wide consortium environments and 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 items.
Template-based receipt printing.
Integration with news aggregates,unAPI, and web browser.