More Information on Libraries and Sustainability


Books and Articles

“The Greening of America’s Libraries” E-Book From ACRL and LLAMA

Public Libraries and Resilient Cities


Partners for the Future: Public Libraries and Local Governments Creating Sustainable Communities

Focus on Education for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries


Sustainable Libraries Blog

Going Green At Your Library Blog

Social Groups

Sustainable Libraries Facebook

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group

International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) International Sustainability Library Development Interest Group


Sustainable Library News

The New York Library Association passed the following Resolution on 2/6/14:

New York Library Association Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries

Whereas, libraries are essential to the communities they serve; and 

Whereas, library leaders have a mandate to ensure future access to economical library services; and 

Whereas, libraries that demonstrate good stewardship of the resources entrusted to them can build their base of support in their communities which leads to sustainable funding; and 

Whereas, the scientific community has clearly communicated that current trends in climate change are of great concern to all; and 

Whereas, the people who work in our libraries and access services in our facilities deserve a healthy environment in which to do so; and 

Whereas, libraries who demonstrate leadership in making sustainable decisions that help to positively address climate change, respect natural resources and create healthy indoor and outdoor environments will stabilize and reduce their long‐term energy costs, increase the support for the library in their community; and reveal new sources of funding; therefore be it 

Resolved, that the New York Library Association, on behalf of its members, recognizes the important role libraries can play in larger community conversations about resiliency, climate change, and a sustainable future; and be it further 

Resolved, that the New York Library Association enthusiastically encourages activities by its membership – and itself ‐ to be proactive in their application of sustainable thinking in the areas of their facilities, operations, policy, technology, programming and partnerships.