Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Advice on a Library Management Program

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    South Africa
    Beans
    19
    Distro
    Ubuntu

    Advice on a Library Management Program

    Hi all!

    The church I belong to has a tiny library, maybe 4 bookshelves in total. They've got an ancient computer on which they'd like to keep track of all the books in the library, and what's been lent to who. It's currently running XP, but I'd like to change it to Ubuntu, just need to check the specs. Anyone know of some software that will solve the problem? Free, preferably.

    The only software I've found involves setting up servers and clients and other things I'm not familiar with. Being such a small library, I'm not sure it needs to be as complicated as that.

    Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    London, England
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Advice on a Library Management Program

    Ubuntu comes with LibreOffice which included a Spreadsheet. Using a spread sheet in not a fancy way of doing things but it is easy to set up and simple to record information in. One sheet or tab for each book or category of books and columns for name of book, date out, date returned and who the borrower is and who authorised the lending.

    Regards.
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
    Ubuntu user #33,200. Linux user #530,530


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Beans
    33
    Distro
    Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

    Re: Advice on a Library Management Program

    Not sure if Alexandria is still developed, but this was decent:
    http://alexandria.rubyforge.org/

    There is also GCStar:
    http://wiki.gcstar.org/en/Install

    and also tellico:
    http://tellico-project.org/download

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    South Africa
    Beans
    19
    Distro
    Ubuntu

    Re: Advice on a Library Management Program

    Thanks for the advice!

    @grahammechanica, I thought of that, but the librarian is computer illiterate, so I was looking for something with a little more polish.
    @rushi4687, great! Thanks! GCStar is going to work perfectly.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Austin, Texas, USA
    Beans
    435

    Re: Advice on a Library Management Program

    I suggest that you take a look at Readerware. It's a commercial product, available on multiple platforms at a reasonable price, which has been developed and polished over a number of years for precisely such uses as small libraries.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Beans
    34

    Re: Advice on a Library Management Program

    Wow, thank you! GCStar is just what I was looking for. I am planning to move all my currency collection, books and movies over!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Oblivion
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Xubuntu

    Re: Advice on a Library Management Program

    GCStar looks good and there is also a PPA to keep it up to date:

    https://launchpad.net/~gcstar/+archive/ppa

    ... although there doesn't look like there has been much action with it for over a year now (only available to 12.10 in the PPA). Not a good sign.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •