What is Koha?
Koha is a full-featured, highly scalable library management system. It doesn’t belong to any one person or company – its development is sponsored by libraries of varying types and sizes, volunteers and support companies world-wide.
In the Beginning...
The Koha project was started in 1999 as a new library system that would be Y2K compliant, economical, fast, easy to use, accessible, functional, compatible with existing software and looked aesthetically pleasing. Clearly they succeeded.
What's in the Name?
Koha is not an acronym but a Maori word that means “gift” – one that is meant to be reciprocated. With Koha you can give back, regardless of your level of expertise or experience, by participating in forums, submitting bugs, testing patches, adding new features and contributing financially.
Koha is FOSS.
Not floss. But FOSS – Free and Open Source Software. Koha was the first such library software. You can download, install and use it for free. Access to the source code also means that you are free to modify and further develop Koha to suit your needs and enhance its functions.