Friday, April 12, 2002


Folks are always looking for low cost alternatives in cataloging software. Small church libraries, clubs, and departments are just a few who find the cost of even the smaller PC systems out of their budget. Well, there are a few alternatives.

Koha is an open source library system running in a LAMP environment (Lunix, Apache, MySQL, Perl). That means it is free and all the software needed to run it is also free. It includes a catalog, OPAC, circulation and acquisitions system. The drawback is it does not yet support MARC. is a commercial service which provides small users with free space, up to about 5000 records. Larger collections, more features or better support are available for a fee. The database is available remotely on the Web. It provides an OPAC, circulation and cataloging system. It does support MARC.