Katie Hannan, 5 July, 2010
Students of Sustainability
Green libraries operate in a sustainable way.
They use resources wisely.
Green building design can increase comfort for the
occupants, including staff (McCarthy, 2007 p. 124).
Libraries are well positioned within existing community
frameworks to promote sustainable living.
Public libraries are perfect places to promote sustainability.
1,515 public library service points (1,437 fixed point libraries
and 78 mobile libraries)
46% of Australia’s total population are members of public
Over 67% of public libraries are open for more than 30
hours each week
Total expenditure on public libraries has increased from
$651 million in 2003-2004 to $830 million in 2007-08
7,821 terminals provide Internet access
1,566 public access computer terminals were provided for
word processing, CD-ROM use etc
That’s 9, 387 computers - just for the public to use
(National and State Libraries Australasia, 2009)
How sustainable is your public library?
Are the computers left on at night time?
Can customers and staff recycle paper, drink containers?
Can you park your bike out the front?
Is the library easily accessible via public transport?
Is water recycled?
Cooroy Library, Queensland
The Grove Library, Western Australia
Woodcroft Library, South Australia
Surrey Hills Library, New South Wales
East Melbourne Library, Victoria
How to keep chooks in your backyard
Green Steps Workshops
Healthy Green Living in Our Community
YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY
IS FOR YOU
Help your local library become a green library
Find your local library
Conduct your own covert sustainability report
Get to know your local council
Do they have any sustainability targets?
What do their strategic planning documents say?
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
As a library customer..........?
As a member of an sustainability related organisation..........?
Australian Libraries Gateway - http://www.nla.gov.au/libraries/
ACT - http://www.library.act.gov.au/mylibrary/locations
NSW - http://www.nswnet.net/databases/libweb.cfm
NT - http://www.lyl.nt.gov.au/
QLD - http://www.libraries.slq.qld.gov.au/
SA - http://www.libraries.sa.gov.au/
TAS - http://www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/aboutus/findus
Victoria - http://www.libraries.vic.gov.au/librarylocator/
WA - http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/find/electronic_resources/databases_from_home/local_goverment_authorities
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