Make your own online library easily for free!

This is a short easy tutorial on how to make your own online Library for free.

Using WordPress

I'm presuming you already have a Wordpress website, if not you will need to register a domain and find a webhost. A webhost I suggest is WebHostingPad which has good uptime and fantastic support service as well as Softaculous in its CPanel which will be used to install the software listed.

The easiest way to install Wordpress to your website is to use Softaculous, an auto installer. Currently Softaculous has over 400 scripts which you can install on their website. 

Go to Softaculous, and install Wordpress.  

Go to your Wordpress site and install the following plugins:

This is an open source software meaning it is free. If you have any issues go to their page and submit a support issue.

If you want to add the extra functionality of book reviews being available use this plugin.

I recommend the Bizworx theme which you can download for free. See their documentation for more information.

Using SLiMS

Another free open source software you can use to install a Library is by using SLiMS. Again, the easiest way to install the software is by using Softaculous. You can see it in action by looking at the Demo.

1. To change the map of your library location on SLiMS go to and edit the following:

$ sysconf ['location'] ['lat'] = -7.977000;
$ sysconf ['location'] ['long'] = 112.634025;

'lat' should be the latitude of your library
'long' should be the longitude of your library.

2. To edit the footer of your website to include your library's Facebook, Twitter etc details go to /template/default/partials and edit footer.php file.

It should look like the following

<ul class="s-footer-menu">
<li><a href="index.php"><?php echo __('Home'); ?></a></li>
<li><a target="_blank" rel="archives" href="//">Facebook</a></li>
<li><a target="_blank" rel="archives" href="//!/slims_official">Twitter</a></li>
<li><a target="_blank" rel="archives" href="//">Youtube</a></li>
<li><a target="_blank" rel="archives" href="//">Github</a></li>
<li><a target="_blank" rel="archives" href="//">Forum</a></li>
<li><a target="_blank" rel="archives" href="index.php?rss=true" title="RSS" class="rss" >RSS</a></li>

Edit href="" to include your Library's URL.

If you have any troubles you can submit an issue on GitHub or use their Forum.

Using Omeka

Omeka is a great software I used in the past to make my online Library. It is also available on the list of software that can be installed by Softaculous.

There are heaps of plugins (see more here) you can install with Omeka.

Do you want an online book reader similar to that from Internet Archive? Use the BookReader plugin with your Omeka installation and you can embed your own ebooks in a flipbook format similar to one seen from Internet Archive's BookReader. You will need to upload your books in jpeg format for each page. I suggest you use PDFtoImage. Download the images in a zip file, upload it to the directory and then unzip it.

Photo by Alfons Morales on Unsplash

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