Koha is an open source integrated library system that helps SDLL run the basic library functions of cataloging items for our OPAC, checking in and out items for members, placing holds, ordering and receiving items for the collection and more! The system is web-based so that you may access the catalog from any computer (within or outside the library). Library users who are members may also log in to their accounts from any Internet connected device and renew their items, see what fines they may have, update their contact information, etc.
With our old turnkey system getting very expensive to maintain and with us in need of replacing a costly server; moving to a hosted Open Source system was financially responsible, saving the library money while providing more features.
Our new library system is very flexible. Some examples:
- Fully responsive system that will adjust to any device (smart-phone, tablets)
- Search filtering on location, item type, collection and more
- Cover images in catalog
- Users may make purchase suggestions and use social network sharing
- Ability to register for a library card online
- Patrons may access account information including fines and payments
- Subscribe/unsubsribe to library notices via email
- Create private lists of your favorite sources/research
Logging In to Your Member Account
Log in at http://catalog.sandiegolawlibrary.org/
Enter your card number (barcode from your SDLL library card). For a password enter the last six digits of your SDLL library card (you may modify your password later). If you do not have this information, contact SDLL for assistance. Those members with existing accounts--we have pre-populated this information for you already. You should be able to log in instantly.
The login information will take you to your account summary screen that will appear as below:
Information Accessible from Your Account Page
On your summary account page you will see several tabs across the middle of the page. Click on them to view:
Items Checked out
Fines owing (summary of the total amount only).
On the left hand tool bar of this same page you may click and view:
Your Fines and Charges (a detailed account summary)
Your details (where you may update your personal information)
Change your password
Your purchase suggestions
Your messaging settings