Koha 3.16.3 released

The Koha community is pleased to announce the release of version 3.16.3 of the Koha library automation system.

Koha 3.16.3 is a bugfix release that also includes a major enhancement to the circulation pages, and can be downloaded from download.koha-community.org. Debian packages of Koha 3.16.3 will be available shortly.

26 Aug 2014

Koha is the first free and open source software library automation package 
(ILS). Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types and sizes, 
volunteers, and support companies from around the world.  
The website for the Koha project is 


Koha 3.16.3 can be downloaded from:


Installation instructions can be found at:

    OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.16.3 is a bugfix/maintenance release that also includes a major
enhancement to the circulation pages.

It includes 1 enhancement and 10 bugfixes.

Enhancements in 3.16.3

    11703   Convert checkouts table to Ajax datatable. This means
            that when bringing up the patron details page or the
            checkout page, the patron's lists of current loans and
            holds are fetched separately, reducing the delay for
            displaying the page if the patron has a large number
            of transactions.

Critical bugs fixed in 3.16.3

    12596   critical    Backdating returns with SpecifiyReturnDate no
                        long causes fines for items that are not overdue.

Other bugs fixed in 3.16.3

    10648   minor   Merging of MARC records fixed to ensure that the
                    field with the highest tag number can always
                    be added.

    12662   normal  Ajax-based checkout now works when the InProcessingToShelvingCart
                    and/or ReturnToShelvingCart system preferences
                    are enabled.

    12668   minor   Remove stray dollar sign displayed in the patron
                    fine balance when (attemping) to place a hold via
                    the public catalog.

    7237    normal  Home library now carried over when duplicating
                    a patron record.
    7462    normal  Do not show patron account flags and patron
                    restrictions when duplicating a patron.

    12622   normal  Fixed error that occurred when exporting a report
                    in ODS format when the report happened to have
                    zero results.

System Administration
    8539    normal  Corrected permission for accessing the Library
                    transfer limits page.

Test Suite
    12406   normal  reverted this patch, which was applied to 3.16.x
                    in error.

    12660   minor   Fix mispelling of "accomodation" in comments

System requirements

    Important notes:
    * Perl 5.10 is required
    * Zebra is required


The Koha manual is maintained in DocBook.The home page for Koha 
documentation is 


As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:


The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at



Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  * English (USA)
  * Arabic (77%)
  * Armenian (100%)
  * Chinese (China) (92%)
  * Chinese (Taiwan) (100%)
  * Czech (99%)
  * Danish (86%)
  * English (New Zealand) (81%)
  * French (95%)
  * French (Canada) (84%)
  * German (100%)
  * German (Switzerland) (100%)
  * Italian (100%)
  * Kurdish (68%)
  * Norwegian Bokmål (65%)
  * Polish (79%)
  * Portuguese (100%)
  * Portuguese (Brazil) (89%)
  * Slovak (100%)
  * Spanish (100%)
  * Swedish (87%)
  * Turkish (100%)
  * Vietnamese (85%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see


for information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate 
list to volunteer:


The most up-to-date translations can be found at:


Release Team

The release team for Koha 3.16.2 is
  Release Manager:       Tomás Cohen Arazi 
  Documentation Manager: Nicole C Engard 
  Translation Manager:   Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel 
  QA Manager:            Katrin Fischer 
  QA Team:               Galen Charlton 
                         Chris Cormack 
                         Marcel de Rooy ,
                         Jonathan Druart ,
                         Brendan Gallagher 
                         Kyle Hall 
                         Julian Maurice 
                         Paul Poulain 
                         Martin Renvoize 
  Module Maintainers:    Jared Camins-Esakov 
                         Chris Cormack 
                         Galen Charlton 
                         Marcel de Rooy ,
                         Jonathan Druart ,
                         Brendan Gallagher 
                         Kyle Hall 
                         Chris Nighswonger 
                         Fridolin Somers 
  Bug Wranglers:         Magnus Enger 
                         Alex Sassmannshausen 
  Packaging Manager:     Robin Sheat 
  Database Documentation Manager:
                         Zeno Tajoli 

  Release Maintainer (3.12.x): Kyle Hall 
  Release Maintainer (3.14.x): Fridolin Somers 
  Release Maintainer (3.16.x): Galen Charlton 


We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 3.16.3:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 3.16.3.
  *      1  Jacek Ablewicz
  *      1  Tomas Cohen Arazi
  *      2  Galen Charlton
  *      2  Jonathan Druart
  *      1  Katrin Fischer
  *      3  Kyle M Hall
  *      1  Olli-Antti Kivilahti
  *      2  Owen Leonard
  *      1  Brian Norris
  *      1  Fridolyn SOMERS

We thank the following companies who contributed patches to Koha 3.16.3
  *       2 ACPL                                                                                          
  *       1 BSZ BW                                                                                         
  *       3 BibLibre                                                                                    
  *       3 ByWater-Solutions                                                                   
  *       1 Catalyst                                                                                 
  *       2 Equinox                                                                                   
  *       1 biblos.pk.edu.pl
  *       1 jns.fi
  *       1 unidentified

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha 3.16.3.
  *      13 Tomas Cohen Arazi
  *       9 Christopher Brannon
  *      15 Galen Charlton
  *       2 Nick Clemens
  *       2 Chris Cormack
  *       2 Britta Cramer
  *      10 Jonathan Druart
  *       9 Katrin Fischer
  *       4 Kyle M Hall
  *       1 Robert Higgins
  *       1 Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel
  *       1 Dobrica Pavlinusic
  *       2 Marc Véron

We regret any omissions.  If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to 

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control.  The current development 
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of 


The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release line is 3.16.x.

The last Koha release was 3.8.21, which was released on January 2, 2014.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at


He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work

4 Comments on “Koha 3.16.3 released

  1. The new enhancement 11703 (Convert checkouts table to Ajax datatable) seems to slow down the checkout process significantly. The benefit of this change doesn’t seem to outweigh this slower response.

  2. Also, the sort for checkouts seems to have changed. The old sort defaulted to “checked out on”, using the time stamp. Now, the books checked out seem to be in aaa random order, making it difficult to know if the last book checked out was actually checked out without scrolling or resorting.