As awareness of environmental sustainability continues to grow, many libraries take the opportunity of a new building or substantial renovations to improve their green footprint.
There are green library awards:
- IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group has a green library award that libraries can nominate for.
- The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) won an award for best green building in Kenya in 2014
There’s services, lists and companies to help libraries improve their environmental footprint:
- Designing Libraries in the UK has collated a guide to resources and trends in green library design.
- Green Libraries documents the environmental initiatives of libraries in the USA
It’s easy to have a Western, developed world approach to the greening of libraries, but here at the ILN we do try to bring you a range of perspectives:
- This paper from the IFLA 2013 conference describes the extreme challenges facing libraries in India in attempting to ‘green’ buildings or services.
- In Ghana, Ashesi University has designed buildings to capture rainwater and maximise the use of natural light.
- African universities are taking up the challenge of digital curation of research collections, in order to remain relevant to their communities.
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