Climate change poses a serious threat to many of the things that are vital to life today – agriculture, infrastructure, weather. Cultural heritage is no exception, with buildings, and the collections they contain, at risk from rising sea levels and extreme weather.

Yet the cultural heritage sector – and libraries in particular – are far more than just potential victims. Through work to adapt and prepare, they can reduce the risks they face from disaster. And through education and awareness-raising, they can promote more sustainable living in their communities.

IFLA will be represented at the first Climate Heritage Summit, to be held on 12-13 September in San Francisco. Alongside experts from the monuments and built heritage sector, IFLA representatives will underline the difference that libraries can make.

Read more about the summit on its website. Find out more about the work of IFLA's Special Interest Group on Environment, Sustainability and Libraries.