Last updated October 21, 2012.

Open Source software is free to copy but there are still costs to consider. For most Open Source ILS systems there will be a choice whether to install and run the hardware within your library or pay for commercial support to manage the IT support functions associated with running your ILS.

For more information about the issues surrounding sustainability and forking in Open Source library systems, read the section of FOSS4Lib Software Selection Methodology toolkit entitled Sustainability and Future Requirements