Butosi Library

The Butosi Library reflects more than a decade of book collecting. It began from the requirements and necessities of graduate life but continued to grow out of personal interest. (I’ve always had a desire to build a personal library.) My collection of modern and out-of-print publications includes titles in political economy, Marxism, sovietology, left historiography, art, music, philosophy, literature, religion, science, and more.

To date the collection stands at nearly 500 volumes. I try to add new material regularly, and these will often appear in the new arrivals book cover carousel. I will be busy for quite some time yet as a substantial backlog remains. For all those library pros out there, I try to catalogue the records according to AARC2r (in some cases, RDA) content standards within a MARC21 metadata framework as best as possible.

Butosi Library logo
Butosi Library logo (2020).

Moving my personal library online began as a professional development project while I was the Library Services Manager at the Royal Conservatory of Music (2013 to 2017). I identified a need to make the Royal Conservatory’s music collection discoverable and relevant to users than what the legacy library catalogue had allowed. I discovered the online, open-source integrated library system (ILS), Koha. It is a popular, cost-effective library catalogue application developed specifically for small- to medium-sized libraries. It was the most appropriate solution for the RCM at the time: cost-effective and providing all of the functionality required by professionally-run lending libraries.


Since the 1990s, Koha ILS has had a worldwide following. Thousands of libraries use it. Koha is appealing for many reasons: it is open-source (free of charge to download, distribute, and install), it has a substantial support base, and it is actively developed by library professionals for library professionals. It allows libraries to acquire, catalogue, and circulate print material according to professional library standards. It allows users to browse and search a library’s collection online and much more. Learn more about Koha.

Although books from the Butosi Library do not circulate (it’s a personal library, not a public, lending library), users can still search the collection. I’m also happy to answer questions. Thanks go out to each and every Koha contributor for their tireless efforts!