A program of the Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Library PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) is the public library automation and lending network for 284 libraries and affiliated service outlets in 53 library systems covering 143 counties (53 of the 63 library systems in Georgia). PINES creates a statewide "borderless library" that provides equal access to information for all Georgians. Georgians with a PINES library card have access to materials beyond what is available on their local shelves and enjoy the benefits of a shared collection of 10.6 million books and other materials that can be delivered to their home library free of charge. If you are a resident of Georgia, you are eligible to receive a free PINES library card. Visit a participating PINES facility for additional information.
PINES runs on the Evergreen automation system, an open-source system originally developed in-house by GPLS, and now in use worldwide by more than 1500 libraries. PINES is managed by GPLS staff and is provided at no cost to Georgia library systems. By utilizing economies of scale and eliminating the need for individual automation system contracts, PINES has enabled local libraries state-wide to reduce software expenditures by approximately $10 million a year.
This Web site and other Georgia Public Library Service programs are partially assisted with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.