Different softwares, including library software, operating systems, programming languages like Java are available on the net for free. Please go through the following links for further information. Some are available on a CD-ROM with nominal cost. Downloads of many of the software including some of the software mentioned here can also be downloaded from the popular website http://www.download.com.
Digital/Electronic Library Softwares:
is a system for configuring a set of individual services running on distributed servers to cooperate in providing the services of a digital library. It has been written in PERL. It works more comfortably on Unix/Linux run webservers.
is a digital library system to capture, store, index, preserve, and redistribute the intellectual output of a university’s research faculty in digital formats. Dspace has been developed jointly by MIT Libraries and
Hewlett-Packard (HP). It is now freely available to research institutions world-wide as an open source system.
is generic archive software under development by the University of Southampton. It is intended to create a highly configurable web-based archive. EPrints primary goal is to be set up as an open archive for research papers, but
it could be easily used for other things such as images, research data, audio archives - anything that can be stored digitally by making changes in configuration. It works on Linux O/s and it needs MySQL, Perl modules and Apache webserver.
is an Open-Source digital repository management system based on the Flexible Extensible Digital Object and Repository Architecture (Fedora). The Fedora repository system is open source software licensed under the Mozilla Public License.
It requires Sun Java Software Development Kit, v1.4. Optionaly one can use MySql or Oracale 9i
to create relational databse. It works both on Windows and Unix versions of O/s.
is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM. It is available for both Windows and Linux O/S.
It requires Perl software to build collections.
software developed by, maintained by, and used at, the CERN Document Server. It allows you to run your own electronic preprint or digital library server, your own online library catalogue or a document system on the web.
It complies with the Open Archives Initiative metadata harvesting protocol (OAI-PMH) and uses
MARC 21 as its underlying bibliographic standard. It is a free software issued under GNU-GPL license.
Library Management Systems:
- Athenaeum Light
can handle large catalogues and manage borrower lists easily. As per its developer it is maint for school libraries. As of now its limit of records is 50000. It is available for both Windows and Macintosh. It can
even be used in the multiuser environment.
is a simple, scalable, networkable, client/server library system that can be deployed in small to medium
is a complete Integrated Library System that features amongst others an OPAC, circulation and administration fuctions, Z39.50 capabilities and 100% MARC compatibility. MARC compatibility is achieved using Zebra in conjunction with MySQL.
is a Complete Public Library system. It is being written in Python, Perl, with all data being stored in XML. The driving force behind this project is to give public libraries a Free-Software set to run and maintain library
is Library management software developed using PHP and PostgreSQL to automate the different activities carried
out in the library.
- Java Book Cataloguing System
software is primarily to create a Book Catalog using barcode data from the freely avaliable cuecat(tm) bar code reader. It will use a rdbms backend database, and allow synchronization between different library branches.
- Koha Open Source Library System
Claimed as worlds first Free Open Source Library System. Made in New Zealand by the Horowhenua Library Trust and Katipo Communications Ltd the Koha system is a full catalogue, opac, circulation and acquisitions system.
is a integrated suite of school library books management software targeted at secondary schools. The language used is totally Microsoft Visual BASIC 6.0 and Microsoft SQL 2000 server.
- NewGenLib is an integrated library
management open source software developed in India by Verus Solutions. If offers rich features of a modern
library management system.
is a open source library software written in PHP containing OPAC, Circulation, Cataloguing and Staff administration. It is good for small school and public libraries. It requires MySql, PHP and works on both Linux and
is website of an open source Intregrated Library System (ILS), named Evergreen. This software is being developed and maintained by the Georgia Public Library Service for use by the Georgia Library PINES Program, a consortium of
249 public libraries. This software can be downloaded for free, and anyone can contribute to development efforts.
is a open source web-based library software having catalouging, circulation, webopac, file managment modules, etc. It also supports import of data from ISIS databases. It requires PHP and MYSQL.
- Research Guide
software helps librarians to build web-based subject guides.
- Seansoft Library Loan Management System 1.17B
is a useful software for something like a school library. Each student can have a login, from which they loan books. Keeps track of weeks loaned and will alert a supervisor of overdue books. Has mail merge facilities to produce letters to individuals or a list for a noticeboard. Also features backup and basic repair facilities for the database. It requires VB5 Runtimes, DAO.
is a free-of-charge Web based Library Integrated System based on CDS/ISIS. Presently it has Cataloguing system , OPAC (search), LOAN module and Statistical modules.
is an open source (GPL) OpenURL link resolver designed for use by library consortia. It supports multiple sites from one server, online management tools, usage statistics, and includes a knowledgebase of ~165 resources
with ~200,000 title records.
it lists FTP sites, which offer the Linux Kernel, assorted distributions, software applications, drivers, documentation, and more. Although Linux is "free", not all distributions are free for the taking. Some versions may be downloaded at no
Relational Database Management Softwares [RDBMS]:
the SQL part of MySQL stands for "Structured Query Language" - the most common standardized language used to access
databases. MySQL is a client/server system that consists of a multi-threaded SQL server that supports different backends, several different client programs and libraries, administrative tools, and a programming interface.
- PostgreSQL is a sophisticated Object-Relational DBMS, supporting almost all SQL constructs, including subselects, transactions, and user-defined types and functions. It is the most advanced open-source database available anywhere. Commercial Support is also available.
is the leader in cross-platform tools for professional, cost effective, easy to use computer-assisted 2 1/2D character animation, compositing and film quality special effects. It supports Mac, SGI, and Windows
(95, 98, 2000, and NT) platforms.
is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for
such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It supports Windows and Linux or Unix like
- Open Office
prints, saves to PDF (*) , has an online help, and does have a working spellchecker with many available dictionaries. It works on both Windows and Linux O/s.
is the fast, affordable way to create professional-quality documents in the popular PDF file format. Its easy-to-use interface allows you to create PDF files. PDF995 is available as a FREE download.