About the Library

Our Library

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.

Ways to Support 

Faculty emeriti Lucia Harrison and Susan Aurand exhibit their longstanding collaboration.

Gallery exhibitions elevate the visual arts across the curriculum and connect the arts with the entire community.

Evergreen Gallery

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Your contribution will support inspiring, thought-provoking exhibitions that complement Evergreen’s interdisciplinary curriculum and reverberate far beyond the classroom. Evergreen Gallery features art from diverse cultures, perspectives, and artistic concerns, including a May/June exhibition of work by select graduating art students.

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

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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.

About Our Collections

Tailored to support your research, our 600,000+ item collection includes books, articles, films, maps, music, audiobooks, language resources, games, and more.

Library Collection

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

Opening reception for the gallery show of botanical drawings by the 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.

Master in Teaching Curriculum Room

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!

Children’s Literature

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 Book 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.

View a sampling of our rare books collection here

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

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.

Collection Development Policy

Collection Development Policy - Word Document (Revised February 2016)

This policy statement describes guidelines for building the TESC Library collection which serves the College Mission of interdisciplinary teaching and learning and which supports the five foci for Evergreen Graduates.  The policy outlines responsibilities and procedures for collection building and criteria for selecting materials.  It is also intended to inform the short-term and long-term planning processes of the Library and the College.

Gifts and Donations

We are not accepting physical donations to the library or archives at this time.

If you believe you have items of archival value to the college, email archives@evergreen.edu or call (360) 867-6126.

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.

The Library houses a collection of over three-quarters of a million print and media items and provides more than 35,000 journal titles, largely in digital format. The Library also maintains special collections of rare books and archival materials. Media Services offers students, faculty, and staff across the curriculum access to media equipment, production facilities, production services and media instruction. Library and Media Services resides within the Information Technology Wing of the Library building. 

Library Map

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