Article on another open source library system called Evergreen

Thanks to Ronald van Dieën from Rotterdam, Netherlands, who pointed me to this article about the open source library system Evergreen called:”Librarians stake their future on open source“. Published 21 December 2006 at

A group of librarians at Georgia Public Library Service have developed their own open source library system which they call Evergreen and version 1.0 was released in november 2006. It’s written in C, JavaScript and Perl, licensed as GPL, runs on servers with Linux/Apache, uses a PostgreSQL database (Ohh, not swedish developed MySQL ;-) etc. Evergreen covers the GPLS’ network of libraries called PINES including 252 member libraries. You can try the PINES catalog.

PINES Program Director Julie Walker says to

“It has really been the easiest conversion I’ve ever been through in my 25 years of working in libraries,”

“Our Sirsi system ran on a great big Sun server that was quite expensive. We poured a lot of money into that over the years to continue to upgrade it, plus the housing of it was very expensive. [Evergreen] runs on a Linux cluster, which is a lot less expensive. Also, we’re not paying licensing fees anymore. When you’re talking 252 libraries, which is what we are today, that’s the great big savings.”

A study that PINES conducted in 2002 showed that if all of GPLS libraries would have to buy a new system, it would cost more than $15 million dollars, plus about $5 million dollars a year for maintenance. GPLS run PINES for a lean $1.6 million a year.

Librarian Brad LaJeunesse, PINES System Administrator with GPLS, says to about another open source library system Koha:

“[Koha] wasn’t built with the scalability or deep organizational hierarchy that PINES requires. It would work fine for a 10-branch library system, but not for a statewide system.”

Good point if it’s applicable!