About the Library

Library Annual Reports

Check out our Library Annual Report covering the 2021-2022 year

Library Mission

Evergreen Library and Media Services is dedicated to the best possible service to the interdisciplinary programs, students, staff, and faculty of The Evergreen State College. We continually strive to seek new and innovative ways to provide information in all possible formats in order to meet the ever-changing research and academic needs of our patrons, provide quality instruction in the use of the materials available through the Library, and serve as a repository of unique titles and collections for our patrons, our community, and the Pacific Northwest region.

Library Policies

The Library is open to the Evergreen community and the public. Our policies and procedures have been designed to ensure equitable access for all members. Review the library’s policies.

Library Maps

Save time and visit our library floor plan maps to find where you need to go.

A Hub of Academic Inquiry

Greg Mullins, the Dean of the Library & Media Services speaks about our library’s role as the hub of academic inquiry, art, media, and community.

About Our Collections

Tailored to support your research, our collection includes books, articles, films, maps, music, audiobooks, language resources, games, and more.

Search the library catalog for any materials you need. You can also search for items at one of our partner institutions right from the Evergreen catalog!

We also provide access to many different research databases to help your in your studies.


In Evergreen’s Malcolm Stilson Archives and Special Collections you’ll find the history of the college, including digital copies of the original Cooper Point Journal and its predecessor, the Weakly Drag, the historical collection of Evergreen’s documents, works by authors from Evergreen, and more.

We are also a member institution of the Archives West which provides access to descriptions of primary sources in the Northwestern United States, including correspondence, diaries, and photographs. Digital reproductions of primary sources are available in some cases.

We are always in the process of digitizing more and more of our archival collections. Browse some of our current digital collections and exhibits online.

Opening reception for the gallery show of botanical drawings by the students of Picturing Plants in the Library

Reception for a gallery show of botanical drawings by students of Picturing Plants in the Library.

Art In The Library

Display cases

Each quarter, examples of program work are displayed in the library.

Recent featured programs include woodcarving from Studio Projects: Tradition and Innovation and illustration from Picturing Plants.

Permanent collection

The library’s permanent art displays include work by faculty, a stained-glass installation, a multilingual quilt-themed mosaic, and the magnificent 1970s-era doors from the college's original art gallery.

Curriculum Room & Children's Literature

We host a collection of teaching tools and reference materials for students in the MiT program. It includes teacher's editions of textbooks as well as innovative tools like puppets and games. It's also a great place to study. You do not need to be in the Master in Teaching program to use these resources!

Also on the third floor we have a room full of children's and young adult books. Evergreen's Children’s Center occasionally displays student projects here as well.

Both the curriculum collection and children's books may be searched in our catalog.

One of many hidden treasures in the Library’s rare books room

One of the many hidden treasures in the Library’s rare books room.

Rare Books Room

Explore the art of the book with rare and unusual items. Named for the founding Dean of the Library, James F. Holly, this collection is focused around several formats — handmade and small press books, miniature books, and trade books that are both rare and beautiful to look at, touch, and read.

In addition, we collect books with regional content and themes, including Northwest authors, Northwest history, and diverse antiquities donated by people who live in the Northwest region.

Learn more about our Rare Books Room via our research guides.

You can search the Rare Books collection in our catalog.

The map collection

The map collection includes globes as well as oversized wall maps and USGS quads for Washington and Oregon.

Specialized Collections

  • Audiovisual Collection: In addition to many films on VHS, DVD, CDs, and audiobooks, the library boasts an extensive record collection. More than 5,000 LPs are available for check out.
  • Map Collection: Maps of all shapes and sizes. Explore cartography with pulldown maps, globs, marine navigation maps, and every USGS quad for Washington and Oregon.
  • Summit: As a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, you have access to the physical circulating collections of more than 35 other academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Find them in our library catalog using the Evergreen + Summit search option. Current faculty, staff, and students can order a Summit book or film and have it in 3-5 business days.

Other Local Libraries

Ways to Support

Student reading in sunlight.

Students enjoy a mix of individual and group spaces in the Daniel J. Evans Library.


Library Dean’s Fund 

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Your gift to this fund provides flexible support to the Daniel J Evans library. Through this fund, the Dean is able to host readings and art gallery talks, to expand the library collection, to promote information literacy and media literacy, and to support professional development that keeps our librarians on top of emerging trends in information technology.

Robert McChesney lecturing at Evergreen.

Robert McChesney speaks on money, media and America - Library Underground, November 2013.


Daniel J. Evans Reading Series in the Library

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Your gift to this endowed fund will help Evergreen draw nationally recognized authors to give public lectures. The Reading Series aims to create cross-campus learning opportunities across the disciplines. This fund may also be used for material infrastructure to support presentations in the library.

Robert McChesney lecturing at Evergreen.

Students conceptualize, use, and produce projects using state-of-the-art equipment and technology in our CCAM studio.


Center for Creative and Applied Media (CCAM)

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Your gift to this endowed fund will ensure access to state-of-the-art technology in our CCAM. This endowment supports future equipment purchases and will ensure the Center remains at the cutting edge of digital media.