|Initial release||July 15, 2010|
3.0 / April 25, 2016
|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 Online public access catalog (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: 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.
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, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and more