- Getting Started
The most prominent OSS ILS in the United States are Evergreen and Koha. Evergreen was created by the Georgia Public Library System in 2006 and is now used in all types of libraries requiring significant scalability, such as large public library consortia. Koha was created in 1999 by Katipo Communications in New Zealand and is more common in smaller libraries, especially in schools.
Other OSS ILS include NewGenLib (NGL), the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) Project for research libraries, and Collective Access for archives. Many libraries also make use of OSS CMS or content management systems such as Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, and Library a la Carte. Scriblio combines CMS and OPAC functionality.
There are a number of other OSS resources available specifically for libraries. Kete is an OSS for community digital libraries. Pre-Book is a PC booking and reservation computer software platform. SubjectPlus enables libraries to manage their websites and subject guides. The Social Opac (SOPAC) offers a discovery platform for library bibliographic data.