Best Free Open Source Software’s for Library Automation in 2023

Koha Open Source Library System


OPALS Open Public Access Library System 

 OPALS is also open source and integrated library automation software used to manage library collections and patrons. It’s intended for public libraries, but it can be used by any organization for automation of their library and creating OPAC.  It was originally developed by the University of California at Berkeley Library, but it’s now open source under an Apache license (meaning anyone can use it without paying a license fee). It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other operating systems that support Java. Its installation is very easy, just download the setup and install it on your computer or cloud server. It has great flexibility, you can add new features whenever you want them added to the system. 

OPALS Library System

 SLiMS (Senayan Library Management System)


Evergreen is also a free, open source library automation system. It’s used by more then 2000 libraries around the world to manage their collections, patrons, and other information. It is released under  under GNU licence  version. Evergreen provides a user-friendly web interface for adding new items or updating existing ones; it also allows you to do things like find out who borrowed what book last week or how many books have been checked. 


NewGenLib is a commercial and open source library automation system that supports mobile and tablet devices. It has many features that make managing your library’s collections and resources easier. Because the software is based on cutting-edge web-based technology, there is no need to install anything on your server or network. It is accessible from any device with an internet connection, including mobile devices.



PMB is a free of software and it  free to run the programme for any purpose, to study how it works, and to change it to do whatever they want. It can be improved, and  the improvements can be made available to the public so that the entire community benefits. It has been download by more then 50k times and nearly 2k users.


OpenBiblio is an open source library automation software. Documentation related to its download, installation and use is available on its website. It used in may libraries for library automation, including the Free Library of Philadelphia, which has been running its system since 2010. The community support for this software is good. It latest version was released in 2014. 


A Free and Open Source programme called ABCD was created to help knowledge communities. The programme is intended for use by smaller public libraries, documentation centres, musea, archives, and libraries at universities and research organisations. Full-featured library catalogue with authorization management and validations, as well as shared cataloguing based on Z39-50, are among ABCD’s key features. Any database structure can be built, changed, or maintained. It supports many languages and based on ISIS technologies. Moreover it is available for linux and window flatform.


It is yet another piece of open-source software used to automate libraries and archives. It is distributed under the BSD licence and works on any system that supports Qt. It has regular updates and a plethora of features, including the ability to retrieve book images from Amazon and open a library. It supports a wide range of languages, including Arabic, English, Polish, Russian, and others. It also has a portable version for Windows. For retrieving data for books, journals, and magazines, the SRU and Z39.50 protocols are used. It also helps with paper and research journal cataloguing.

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There are a number of open source software tools you can use to automate and streamline your library.  Open source library software is customizable and provides a lot of benefits to users, such as being able to customize the interface or add new features without having to pay for it. The options are varied, with useful features and capabilities to meet the needs of any library. Whether you’re looking for something simple or more fully featured, there’s a solution out there that will suit your needs. 

If you want to Install Koha, Dspace, SLiMS and other library softweres consult the relevant guide provided on Virtual Web Solutions.  

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