|Initial release||July 15, 2010|
|Stable release||2.1 / August 23, 2013|
|Written in||PHP PEAR|
|Type||Library and information science software|
VuFind , not to be confused with Vufind.com a computer vision and interest graph API company, is an open source library search engine that allows users to search and browse beyond the resources of a traditional OPAC. Developed by Villanova University, version 1.0 was released in July 2010 after two years in beta.
VuFind operates with a simple, Google-like interface and offers flexible keyword searching. While most commonly used for searching catalog records, VuFind can be extended to search other library resources including but not limited to: locally cached journals, digital library items, and institutional repository and bibliography. The software is also modular and highly configurable, allowing implementers to choose system components to best fit their needs.
As of March 2012, a total of 64 institutions are running live instances of Vufind including the Georgia Tech Library, the London School of Economics, the National Library of Ireland, Yale University, and the DC Public Library.
VuFind offers a number of features that enhance usability:
- Faceted search results that allow users to narrow items by format, call number, language, author, genre, era, region, and more
- Suggested resources and searches
- Browsing capability
- Personal organization and annotation of resources through favorites lists, texting, e-mailing, tagging, and commenting features
- Persistent URLs
- APA or MLA citations
- Author biographies
- Multi-language capability with translations available in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and more