Koha Basics

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.

Learn more about Koha by visiting the official Koha website:

Koha Recommendations

Full system recommendations can be found on the official Koha wiki along with the developer documentation:

When working in the Koha staff client it is strongly recommended that you use an up-to-date version of either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Koha’s staff client may not work well in Microsoft Internet Explorer, especially older versions.

Using this Manual

This manual is always changing and suggestions for edits can be sent to the Koha Documentation Team as a merge request via gitlab or via the koha-docs mailing list. The manual is organized by Koha module. At the start of most sections (and throughout) you will find ‘Get there’ tips. These lines tell you how to get to the section in Koha.

For example: Get there: More > Administration > Global system preferences

Get there: More > Administration > Global system preferences

The instruction tells you where to find the necessary menu option at the top of the Koha staff client.

Links will be found throughout the manual to other sections in the manual and images will depict what should be seen on the screen.

Contributing to the Manual

This manual is an ever-changing document and edits to the manual are welcome at any time.

The Koha Manual is managed by the Documentation Team, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all participate in making the best manual possible.

The manual is stored in git at:;a=summary