About the Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group


The consideration of the role of humanity in climate change and the notion of sustainable development are core concerns of society, and consequently of libraries.


This Special Interest Group’s mission is to address:

  • Effects of climate change on libraries (modification of the conditions of storage and preservation, buildings insulation, impacts on library finances and management,…).
  • The application of environment-friendly practices in libraries, or transferable to libraries (recovery of rain water, use of renewable energy sources, printing control, paper recycling, etc).
  • The proposal of environmental recommendations to the profession (recycling of outdated documents, use of biodegradable materials, etc).
  • Increasing and promoting documentary resources and library services connected to sustainability (development of collections on environmental themes, exhibitions, outreach, etc.)
  • Increasing awareness of librarians themselves about environmental concerns.

Environmental Sustainability and Libraries

Last update: 9 October 2015