About PaILS

PaILS is the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (ILS), a non-profit corporation that oversees SPARK, a growing consortium of Evergreen libraries across Pennsylvania.

PaILS is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. The SPARK User Group members make recommendations and inform the Board of Directors.

A growing number of libraries large and small are PaILS members.

What is SPARK?

SPARK is the name for the Evergreen ILS managed by PaILS on behalf of its members to manage their online public catalog as well as their library operations, including cataloging, circulation and acquisitions.

Evergreen is an open source ILS that is currently used by over 1,300 libraries both in the US and internationally, and has an active and growing community of developers and users. Evergreen is unique in that it was developed for libraries by librarians, and continues to be managed and developed by its users.

SPARK is a comprehensive cloud-hosted “one-price” solution. The staff client includes circulation, cataloging, serials and acquisitions functionality and the OPAC offers enhanced functionality found in the most expensive commercial discovery layers.

SPARK libraries are in the vanguard, demonstrating a collaborative alternative to the unsatisfactory way PA libraries traditionally access automation software. Their vision, effort and spirit of cooperation will be rewarded with long term benefits and satisfaction for libraries across the state.

SPARK pricing is aggressively competitive and currently offers zero migration fees through an LSTA Grant from the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries*.


With the guidance and financial support of the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System, (PaILS) was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit organization to provide a collaborative, high quality, open source integrated library system that is equitable, cost-effective and promotes resource sharing among libraries statewide.

* This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.