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Green Libraries: Sustainable Libraries

Resources to help libraries go green.


In recent years, librarians have become more interested in making their buildings more environmentally friendly. But buildings are only the tip of the iceberg. Libraries are trusted information sources for their communities. This puts them in an excellent position to become community leaders and models of environmental responsibility.

This section of the Green Libraries LibGuide focuses on sustainability resources specifically designed for libraries. The page is divided into the following sections:

General library sustainability

Measuring sustainability in libraries

State of Illinois sustainability planning documents

These documents are a great place to start when developing sustainability plans, especially for government agencies and organizations. Note that not every category will apply to your organization.

Sustainability calculators

Use calculators to help you determine your library's environmental impact and translate those results into more meaningful numbers for your patrons.