About the Environment, 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,…).
  • Applications of environment-friendly practices in libraries (recovery of rain water, use of renewable energy sources, printing control, paper recycling, etc).
  • Proposed environmental recommendations for the profession (recycling of outdated documents, use of biodegradable materials, etc).
  • Increasing and promoting sustainability-related library resources and services (development of collections on environmental themes, exhibitions, outreach, etc.)
  • Increasing librarians’ own awareness of environmental concerns.

Environment, Sustainability and Libraries

Last update: 14 August 2017