[Libs-Or] Library Catalogue Software

Brent Mills brent at hoodriverlibrary.org
Fri Feb 10 12:12:30 PST 2017

Hi Melody,

There are a couple of “free” options available for a library catalog. Others can chime in, too. My general favorites are:

1) Evergreen ILS <http://evergreen-ils.org/>
2) Koha ILS <http://www.koha.org/> (mentioned by Diedre)

These will require a level of local support to get off the ground if you’re self-hosting. If you do not have a budget for that it could get more complicated. There are hosted/support options for those two also (Equinox / ByWater Solutions / LibLime) which can make the process smoother.

There are some other options I don’t have personal experience with that could be interesting to check out:

1) Libraika <https://librarika.com/> — cloud hosted, free up to 2k titles, paid option with more functionality
2) Libib <https://www.libib.com/> — for circulation/patron management feature will likely have to upgrade to “pro” version

I’ve used LibraryThing'ss TinyCat <https://www.librarycat.org/> for my home collection, but if the collection is small enough it could be an option? Paid options as you go bigger as well.

Are you going to need to migrate your patron/collection information to the new ILS (library catalog)? That might require contracting out for some support. Any reason you can’t keep your old catalog? Licensing/Contract?

Feel free to contact me off list if you need any more info and I’ll do what I can to help or point you in the right direction!


Brent Mills
Systems Librarian | Sage Library System

> On Feb 10, 2017, at 11:22 AM, melody rudenko <melodyrudenko at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> My question is what kind of free library catalogue programs are available and how well do they work?
> I'm a library board members rather than a Librarian. It was recommended that I join this group to ask questions about software for a library catalogue.
> In Douglas County we are facing library closer and we are trying to find ways to give patrons access to some library services after the closure. 
> One of the things we now need to work on is acquiring library computers and a catalogue program for the books so we can still check them out to patrons. (Rather than switch the library to a reading room model when no books can leave the building).
> It has been stated in various library meetings around the County that there are free library catalogue programs available but I've never any additional information.  
> Thank you for any information you can provide.
> -Melody Rudenko   melodyrudenko at gmail.com
> Oakland, Oregon.
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