With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all done through a web browser.  As well as an excellent search capability, the OPAC offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, commenting and public and private lists.

To find out more about Koha, visit the community web site at http://koha-community.org/



With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all done through a web browser.  As well as an excellent search capability, the OPAC offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, commenting and public and private lists.

Our preferred solution is that PTFS Europe host the Koha system for you. As well as providing a greener computing solution this saves you the management and cost overhead of having to maintain a server. In turn PTFS Europe find it far easier and more cost effective to support a server in a hosted environment where we have total control of the underlying system. This saving we can pass on to you in the form of lower maintenance charges.

The service is hosted at our high quality data centres based in Manchester.

Koha is entirely web-based for both staff and public functions. This helps make the system light, easy to use, easy to deploy and easy to manage.

For use of Koha’s OPAC, the following browsers are officially supported:
MSIE >= 6.0
Mozilla/Firefox (Since at least Mozilla 1.0)
Safari >= 1.2
Konqueror>= 3.3.2
Opera
Chrome
All features are implemented in officially supported browsers.

Koha is built on LAMP – Linux, Apache web server, MySQL database and Perl as the primary programming language. The full text search index is provided by Zebra from IndexData (http://www.indexdata.com/). Zebra is a high-performance, general-purpose structured text indexing and retrieval engine. It supports large data sets (tens of millions of records) and includes support for SRU, Z39.50 and several query languages: CCL, CQL, and PQF.

Records are stored internally in an SGML-like format and can be retrieved in MARCXML, Dublin Core, MODS, RSS, Atom, RDF-DC, SRW-DC, OAI-DC, and EndNote; and the OPAC can be used by citation tools such as Zotero. Creating new export formats is a trivial exercise in writing XSLT

The database is currently implemented using MySQL. Database schema’s are available on request.

Koha also includes pluggable authentication – easy integration with LDAP and Active Directory via the Auth_with_ldap module.

Koha has a powerful and flexible reporting capability. As well as guided reports and a once-click dashboard, Koha can easily be searched directly by any SQL compliant product.
Koha supports a wide range of standards including MARC21, UNIMARC, MARCXML, Dublin Core, MODS, RSS, Atom, RDF-DC, SRW-DC, OAI-DC, SIP2, COinS, OpenURL, EDIFACT, RDA and LDAP
PTFS Europe’s Koha customer base has grown dramatically to now number over 40 libraries in the UK and across the rest of Europe. This has led to even more software development and increased functionality which in turn has led to continuing growth in the user base.

Click here to view our customers

Koha has an active user community worldwide that participates in guiding software direction and sponsoring product development. Over 40 companies worldwide are now actively contributing to the product with over 100 individuals submitting code.