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Evergreen is an open source Integrated Library System (ILS) originally developed by the Georgia Public Library Service for Public Information Network for Electronic Services (PINES). It is consortial-quality library software to help library users find library materials and to help libraries manage, catalog, and circulate those materials.

The software was designed for large-scale deployment in large public library and state-wide consortium environments. However, Evergreen is also suitable to be used in single-branch libraries. There are hundreds of libraries that use Evergreen.

 Evergreen 2.8.1

Free to download



Georgia Public Library Service, Public Information Network for Electronic Services


System Requirements
PostgreSQL 8.2 or higher
OpenSRF 1.1 or higher
Dojo Toolkit

Documentation, FAQ, Wiki, Blog, Mailing Lists, Development Roadmap

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Features include:

  • Circulation: for staff to check items in and out to patrons with a rich, flexible policy control
    • Handy patron-pleasing "preminders" (courtesy notices of due items) help books get back on time
    • At-a-glance patron summary prevents needless switching between multiple windows
    • Library-defined statistical categories for patrons
    • Annotate patron accounts with an unlimited number of notes
    • Flexible, customizable, template-based receipt printing
  • Cataloging: to add items to the library’s collection and input information, classifying and indexing those items
    • "Buckets" for grouping and sharing related items and bibliographic records
    • Record-merging preview
    • Batch creation of volumes/copies
    • Customizable label printing
    • Z39.50 client
    • Unlimited notes for annotating items
  • Online public access catalog (OPAC): a public catalog, or discovery interface, for patrons to find and request books, view their account information, and save book information in Evergreen "bookbags."
    • Integration with web browsers, news aggregators, and search engines through RSS feeds, unAPI, OpenSearch semantics, and multiple XML and library formats for exporting data
    • Sidebars for related subjects, authors, and series
    • Bookbags have static URLs and dynamic content:
  • Statistical Reporting: flexible, point-and-click powerful reporting for retrieval of any statistical information stored in the database.
  • SIP 2.0 support: for interaction with computer management software, self-check machines, and other applications
  • Open Scalable Request Framework - a stateful, decentralized service architecture that allows developers to create applications for Evergreen with a minimum of knowledge of its structure

Evergreen in action

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