Who Uses This Software?

ByWater supports libraries of all shapes and sizes including public and academic libraries of all sizes, special academic libraries, law libraries and large consortia.


Average Ratings

3 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Pricing Details
    Pricing is based on bibliographic record count and circulation statistics
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Demo
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • ByWater Solutions
  • www.bywatersolutions.com/
  • Founded 2009
  • United States

About Koha

Koha is the first free software library automation package. In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of users collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Kohais a Full-featured ILS in use worldwide in libraries of all sizes, Koha is a true enterprise-class ILS with comprehensive functionality including basic and advanced options. Koha includes modules for acquisitions, circulation, cataloging, serials, authorities, flexible reporting, label printing and much more.


Koha Features

  • Acquisition Management
  • Barcode Scanning
  • Barcoding / RFID
  • Catalog Management
  • Circulation Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Patron Management
  • Periodicals Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Search
  • Self Check-in / Check-Out
  • Serials Management

Koha Reviews

The Society of the Four Arts King Library

Aug 24, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The Open Source quality; it's flexible and adapts to all our needs. We own the software and can suggest changes. The user group is very informative, especially with solving known issues.

Cons: N/A

Overall: Our original software was proprietary and inflexible. Koha has the flexibility we were looking for and is open source for ease of future innovations. ByWater Solutions helped us to migrate and get set-up; their staff was responsive and experienced.

Recommendations to other buyers: We did purchase some new equipment to help process books, print labels, and hold slips. This was a moderate investment and no way negative.

Very Positive Move for our Library

Aug 11, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We love that Koha is web-based. I have joked that I could run circulation from my smartphone. We have also been very impressed with its overall ease of use. We also love the customization options of the OPAC.

Cons: It would be nice to be able to customize the cataloging frameworks more easily. We would also like an option to delete borrowers in batch. Otherwise, we're very happy with the software.

Overall: Our library was a long-time customer of one of the larger, proprietary vendors. We were unhappy with the high annual cost of the system, the lack of adequate technical support and training, poor indexing, etc. We eventually made a financial system to move elsewhere. We chose Koha because of it is open source, provides us with better functionality than we had, at a fraction of the cost. (We are in a hosted solution.)

Recommendations to other buyers: If considering a migration, I strongly suggest that you take the opportunity to do a weeding and inventory and try to clean up your records in advance. Take the opportunity to really think about your current item types, shelving locations, etc. Simplify! Make it easier on your user and yourself in the long term.

Koha is an amazing ILS

Aug 10, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use, cost effective, advanced features, ability to ask for changes, innovative and changing with times.

Cons: I see no drawbacks to this software given the current capabilities of other programs.

Overall: I have been using Koha for many years and have recently had my Koha installation supported by ByWater Solutions who have been able to provide even more functionality for this amazing software.

Recommendations to other buyers: Use a hosting service like ByWater Solutions to get maximum benefit and support.