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Koha Library Management System Training Course


Koha is a powerful and flexible library management system that offers a wide range of features to streamline library operations, including cataloging, circulation, acquisitions, serials management, and more. This program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively utilize Koha, an open-source integrated library system used by libraries worldwide. This training program will cover both the foundational aspects of Koha and advanced techniques to maximize its functionality.


  • Provide participants with an understanding of the key features and benefits of Koha.
  • Familiarize participants with the installation, configuration, and basic setup of Koha.
  • Explore advanced functionalities of Koha, including cataloging, circulation, and reporting.
  • Equip participants with the skills to customize and optimize Koha to meet the specific needs of their libraries.
  • Offer hands-on experience and practical exercises to reinforce learning and build proficiency in using Koha.

Who Should Attend:

This training program is ideal for librarians, library staff, information professionals, and anyone involved in library management who wants to enhance their knowledge and proficiency in using Koha.


Day 1: Introduction to Koha LMS

  • Overview of Library Management Systems
  • Introduction to Koha: History, Features, and Benefits
  • Installation and Configuration of Koha
  • Basic Navigation of Koha Interface
  • Creating and Managing Libraries, Branches, and Patrons

Day 2: Cataloging in Koha

  • Understanding Cataloging Principles
  • Importing and Exporting Bibliographic Records
  • Creating and Editing MARC Records
  • Classifying Materials using Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) or Library of Congress Classification (LCC)
  • Managing Authority Control

Day 3: Circulation Management

  • Overview of Circulation Functions in Koha
  • Issuing and Returning Items
  • Renewing Loans and Managing Holds
  • Configuring Circulation Rules and Policies
  • Managing Fines and Fees

Day 4: Acquisitions and Serials Management

  • Introduction to Acquisitions Module
  • Creating Purchase Orders and Receiving Items
  • Managing Vendors and Budgets
  • Serials Control and Management
  • Subscription Management and Renewals

Day 5: Administration and Customization

  • User and Permission Management
  • Configuring System Preferences and Settings
  • Customizing Templates and Layouts
  • Reports Generation and Analysis
  • Troubleshooting Common Issues

Day 6: Customization and Integration

  • Customizing OPAC appearance and functionality
  • Circulation rules and fines customization
  • Integration with other systems and services
  • Adding and configuring plugins

Day 7: Advanced Cataloging

  • Advanced cataloging techniques
  • Authorities and controlled vocabularies
  • Importing and exporting records
  • Metadata management

Day 8: Automation and Workflow

  • Batch processes and automation
  • RFID integration and workflow optimization
  • Email notifications and alerts
  • Integrating Koha with discovery layers

Day 9: Web OPAC and User Experience

  • Customizing OPAC interfaces
  • Search options and facets
  • User-driven features and preferences
  • Accessibility and usability considerations

Day 10: Project Management and Implementation

  • Planning and managing Koha implementation projects
  • Change management and stakeholder engagement
  • Training strategies and user support
  • Evaluating success and ongoing improvement
  • Practical exercises and workshops on various Koha modules
  • Q&A and troubleshooting session
  • Review of key concepts and features 


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

Key Notes

a. The participant must be conversant with English.

b. Course duration is flexible and the contents can be modified to fit any number of days.

d. One-year post-training support Consultation and Coaching provided after the course.


Course Schedule
Dates Fees Location Apply
10/06/2024 - 21/06/2024 $3000 Nairobi Physical Class

Online Class
08/07/2024 - 19/07/2024 $3000 Nairobi Physical Class

Online Class
12/08/2024 - 23/08/2024 $3000 Nairobi Physical Class

Online Class
09/09/2024 - 20/09/2024 $3000 Nairobi Physical Class

Online Class
14/10/2024 - 25/10/2024 $4500 Kigali Physical Class

Online Class
11/11/2024 - 22/11/2024 $3000 Mombasa Physical Class

Online Class
09/12/2024 - 20/12/2024 $3000 Nairobi Physical Class

Online Class