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About Koha with Class

Free, hosted ILS for your classroom

"I am so pleased that I could help with piloting the Koha with Class Initiative. The initiative will provide excellent opportunities for library school students and faculty. Faculty can provide their students with hands-on integrated library system experience, which is something faculty cannot normally do due to proprietary issues with most library automation vendors. Experience with a live integrated library system will benefit students greatly as they search for and begin their first professional librarian positions."

Dr. Diane Neal, Texas Women's University


Any college or university--anywhere in the world--currently offering a program in Library and Information Studies/ Technology may apply.

Are you teaching coursework in library management, library automation, cataloging or information technology/programming?

Koha with Class Benefits

Best-of-breed Library Technology

Full-featured, hosted, version of Koha Classic (based on Koha 2.2.7), the most widely deployed version of Koha:

  • Circulation and borrower management;
  • Web-based OPAC with online reserves, renewals, account management;
  • Cataloging, full acquisitions;
  • Authorities control;
  • Serials management;
  • Barcode and spine label printing;
  • Support for multi-lingual interfaces;
  • Z39.50 server with Bath compliance;
  • LibLime templates that allow logo and color/layout stylesheet customization.

Student benefits

Students will have full access to the administrative interface and can set up a library from scratch including:

  • system preferences;
  • library branches;
  • book funds, budgets and currency exchange rates;
  • item types and borrower categories;
  • loan rule matrices;
  • authorized values, thesauri and authorities;
  • serials planning;
  • set up catalog searching stop words;
  • Z39.50 servers settings;
  • import and export of MARC records;
  • spine label and barcode printing.

Program benefits

Koha with Class strengthens your library school's automation programs:

  • offers hands-on experience to students;
  • allows your program to directly participate in a global open-source project;
  • no license restrictions, completely free;
  • Since it's web-based, it fits in well with online classrooms;
  • tech-savvy students can explore the source code.

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