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Virginia Evergreen Libraries Consortium

Overview: In 2012, The Library of Virginia procured Evergreen, an open-source software library catalog system for interested Virginia public libraries that can be integrated into websites and mobile technology.  Public libraries below the median local funds expenditure are prioritized. This project is supported by its members, the Library of Virginia, and Equinox, LLC., through funding by the IMLS. If a public library is interested in joining the Virginia Evergreen Libraries (VEL) Consortium, please contact program manager, Nan Carmack.

Tech Support: to access Evergreen support through Equinox, please contact one of our technical contacts who have the authority to open a ticket on your behalf.

  • Nan Carmack, LVA, nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov, 804/692-3792
  • Lisa Davis, Cumberland Co. Public Library, davis.lisa.b2019@gmail.com, 804/492-5807
  • Sarah Largen Terry, Galax-Carrol Regional Library, slargen@galaxcarroll.lib.va.us, 276/236-2351 ext. 225
  • Judy Harris, Heritage Regional Library, jharris@heritagepubliclibrary.org, 804/966-2480
  • Janet Cox, Wythe-Grayson Regional Library, jcox-wgrl@gmx.com, 276/773-3018

 Templates/Resources  |  Release Notes  |  Training  |  VEL Members  |   Library Agreements

Evergreen  Templates, Procedures and Resources

Evergreen Release Notes

View the 3.8 preview provided by Equinox’s Jen Weston here.

Review the documentation here:

3.8 documentation

New Features Guide

Watch this pre-recorded spotlight and come to the training with your questions!


Additional Notes

  • 3.6 documentation: Includes step by step directions for all things Evergreen
  • Evergreen Wiki
  • 2022 Maintenance Schedule
  • Adding VOX books to your catalog: in the marc edit screen set a type of i and a form of q. Once you save the record it will update and have the E-Audio and Preloaded Audio icons and search format.


Office Hours

Once a quarter, we will meet via Zoom with Jen Weston of Equinox for troubleshooting and discovery. Recordings of these meetings will be posted here:

June 28, 2022 Office Hours

September 27, 2022, Office Hours 


Next office hours: TBD

Required Training:

  • Beginning March 1, 2022, training is mandatory for all Evergreen catalogers. Current catalogers must complete the following by May 1, 2022. Enrollment and completion of  the Niche Academy courses produces a certificate of completion. Download the certificate of completion to be submitted to your library director.
  • New catalogers/new hires are required to complete the appropriate training within 60 days of hire/promotion.

Additional Training: A wide  variety of trainings by Equinox are available at https://vimeo.com/equinoxedu/albums, including:

VEL Members

Summary of Participant Agreements for Virginia Evergreen Libraries:

The Library of Virginia will:

  • Pay initial costs of migrating data to Virginia Evergreen, as agreed upon in the Equinox Sole Source Contract.
  • Maintain a service agreement with Equinox for Evergreen hosting and support. The Library of Virginia will pay all of the initial setup fees, as agreed upon in the sole source documentation. Individual libraries will be expected to pay 75% of on-going costs.  The cost will be determined by number of items in the collection as of October 1 of each year.

Participating Libraries will:

  • Collaborate in developing certain common policies and shared decision-making for VEL. Individual library entities retains autonomy over their own local operations.
  • Maintain active and continuous participation. The designated library entity agrees to abide by the following terms and conditions:
    • Accept and comply with the provisions of contractual agreements made by the Library of Virginia on behalf of member libraries and accept responsibility for the acts of its own employees related to these matters.
    • Input, maintain, and keep confidential patron records in compliance with the privacy laws in Virginia.  Patron’s social security numbers shall not be entered into the system.
    • Restrict the creation of data records and operations of the library entity to authorized and trained personnel.
    • Abide by VEL cataloging policies.
    • Ensure library personnel participation at all appropriate training and authorization.
    • Agree to use a Chrome browser in accessing Evergreen.
  • Should a library decide to withdraw within 18 months of joining VEL, the library agrees to repay the Library of Virginia all costs incurred. After 18 months, the library agrees to pay Equinox to remove bibliographic records, holdings information and patron information from the database (data extract) and the cost of data cleanup (removing/detaching the library’s records from the database). Exiting libraries should give the Library of Virginia six months notice prior to departure.

The Library Director shall sign, abide by and enforce the Code of Ethics.

This site is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is managed by the The Library of Virginia Library Development and Networking Division.