Preview of new features in Koha 23.05 and 23.11


By PTFS-Europe

9th April 2024 |

Gathered together here are recordings from our upgrade webinars in March 2024. We used these webinars to give a preview of new features in Koha 23.05 and 23.11. If your Koha system is hosted by us, you will get all these features when we upgrade your site to 23.11.


For more details on the new features, check out what’s new in Koha 23.05 and 23.11.

Staff interface

In this video Nason shows us a few of the enhancements in Koha 23.05 and 23.11 that aid library staff in their day-to-day use of the staff interface, including:

  • Batch edit and deletion operations in the Item search
  • Requiring staff to select a library when logging in
  • A new permission to control the ability to change the logged in library
  • Adding customizable areas to staff interface module home pages




Janet demonstrates some new features related to circulation:

  • The Bookings module – to allow booking items ahead of time
  • New options in the circulation rules
  • An update to the Holds ratio report



OPAC and Patrons

Aude talks about the OPAC, user experience and patron records; in particular:


  • How to show patrons’ ‘savings’ on the OPAC
  • The ability for patrons to dismiss messages in their account
  • Setting up your cookie consent banner for the OPAC
  • The ‘Report a concern’ feature for patrons to report concerns about catalogue records


Patrons module

  • Adding protected status to important patron accounts
  • Automatic renewing of patron membership
  • Changes to the Track Patron’s Last Activity feature



Cataloguing and Acquisitions

Lucy gives a preview of some new features in Koha 23.05 and 23.11 related to the Cataloguing and Acquisitions modules, including:


  • Add ability to limit editing of items to home library or library group
  • How to add ‘Harmful content’ warnings to catalogue records
  • A quick overview of the new Preservation module



  • Receiving multiple order lines at once in Acquisitions
  • Ability to add vendor aliases, ordering interfaces and known vendor issues to Vendor records



Interlibrary loans

Pedro shows us a few of the enhancements in Koha 23.05 and 23.11 related to Interlibrary loans, including:

  • Cancelling an ILL request sent to a partner library
  • Adding per borrower category restrictions on placing ILL requests in OPAC
  • Adding a disclaimer acceptance stage to the requesting workflow
  • How to create batch requests



E-Resource Management (ERM)

Matt gives us an overview of the E-Resource Management (ERM) module and in particular the ability to manage usage statistics, an enhancement added to Koha 23.11.




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