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VuFind 2.3 search entry.png
Developer(s) Villanova University
Initial release July 15, 2010; 6 years ago (2010-07-15)
Stable release
3.1.1 / October 31, 2016; 6 months ago (2016-10-31)
Written in PHP PEAR
Available in English
Type Library and information science software
License GNU GPL

VuFind (not to be confused with 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.[1]

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.[2]

As of March 2016, a total of 126 institutions are running live instances of Vufind including the Georgia Tech Library, the National Library of Ireland, Yale University, and the DC Public Library.[3]


VuFind offers a number of features that enhance usability:[4]

  • Faceted search results that allow users to narrow items by format, call number, language, author, genre, era, region, and more[5]
  • 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, Bengali (India)[6] and more

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "VuFind out of beta with 1.0 release". VuFind. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  2. ^ "About VuFind". VuFind. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  3. ^ "VuFind Installations". VuFind. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  4. ^ "Features". VuFind. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Villanova Liberates Library Search". Converge. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  6. ^ "Including new full Bengali translation". 

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