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For the purposes of this resource on "green" libraries, emphasis is on stewardship of resources and impact on the natural environment.
Libraries by their very nature are "green" in that their resources are shared by the larger community. But libraries can extend the environmental benefit further through both sustainable practices, which reduce the environmental impact of day-to-day operations, and green buildings, which seek to minimize consumption of resources either in their building or their operation.
Websites for Green Libraries
Green Building Resources
Bibliography from "Academic Library Building Design: Resources for Planning, a joint project of ACRL and LLAMA.
Selection of titles to help libraries be sustainable and environmentally aware.
GreenFacts seekss to bring complex scientific consensus reports on health and the environment to the reach of non-specialists. GreenFacts publishes clear, faithful, and verified summaries of existing scientific reports on health, the environment and sustainable development.
The Green Library = Die Grüne Bibliothek
IFLA publication with contributions and case studies from Germany and other European countries, as well as from Asia, Australia and the US, demonstrate different aspects of reducing the "ecological footprint“ in libraries. Includes link to Green Library Checklist.