Chapter 1. About This Documentation

This guide was produced by the Evergreen Documentation Interest Group (DIG), consisting of numerous volunteers from many different organizations. The DIG has drawn together, edited, and supplemented pre-existing documentation contributed by libraries and consortia running Evergreen that were kind enough to realease their documentation into the creative commons. Please see the Attributions section for a full list of authors and contributing organizations. Just like the software it describes, this guide is a work in progress, continually revised to meet the needs of its users, so if you find errors or omissions, please let us know, by contacting the DIG facilitators at

This guide to Evergreen is intended to meet the needs of library workers
who provide serial services.
It is organized into Parts, Chapters, and Sections addressing key
aspects of the software.
Copies of this guide can be accessed in PDF and HTML formats from
About Evergreen
Evergreen is an open source library automation software designed to meet the
needs of the very smallest to the very largest libraries and consortia. Through
its staff interface, it facilitates the management, cataloging, and circulation
of library materials, and through its online public access interface it helps
patrons find those materials.
The Evergreen software is freely licensed under the GNU General Public License,
meaning that it is free to download, use, view, modify, and share. It has an
active development and user community, as well as several companies offering
migration, support, hosting, and development services.
The community's development requirements state that Evergreen must be: