Evergreen is a unique and powerful open source ILS designed to support large, dispersed, and multi-tiered library networks. As some of the original developers of Evergreen, we have contributed to over 80% of its codebase. We also continue to be one of the leading contributors of bug fixes and new development.
Evergreen is designed to manage a scalable catalog shared across hundreds of locations. It runs library networks and individual libraries across the globe, supported by a robust community of active developers, including us. Talk to us about implementing Evergreen.
Why choose Evergreen?
Evergreen supports all aspects of the library and patron service workflow, from purchasing to cataloging to circulation to patron self-service. Evergreen particularly shines in the area of resource sharing, allowing your library or consortium to efficiently share materials.
Evergreen offers multilingual search and display of records, including display of non-Western characters and diacritics. Evergreen is also translatable, with new translations being added or updated. Current translations include Arabic, Armenian, Czech, Finnish, French, and Spanish
With full text searching, Evergreen makes finding relevant results easy for both the novice and advanced searcher. Users can perform everything from a basic keyword search to a customized advanced search with multiple search fields, Boolean operators, and customizable filters. Evergreen can also search content from third-party products, including Google and Syndetics.
The Evergreen ILS adheres to modern library standards, including cataloging of and access to MARC records with Unicode characters within an RDA framework. Evergreen also utilizes Z39.50, SRU/SRW, SIP2, and NCIP protocols to ensure interoperability with other systems. The Evergreen community monitors the development of library standards so that the ILS will continue to facilitate resource-sharing in the 21st century.
The staff client is web-based and provides all of the convenience of a modern, connected environment. Intuitive icons and navigation facilitate library workflows while customizable shortcuts save users time. Both the OPAC and staff client use responsive design, making them usable on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Evergreen is open source, so there’s never a licensing fee or a charge to use the software. The code is open and distributed under the General Public License (GPL) version 3 or later.
You have the option to use Evergreen and the vendor of your choice — or no vendor at all! Because you don’t need a license to use Evergreen, you can install and host it yourself or contract with any vendor for the services you need.
Evergreen is backed not only by Equinox, but by a global community of librarians and developers.