We’ve talked a lot about the various aspects of transitioning to a green library, but it’s important to bring into focus the true purpose of a library: to educate people. A library is a place for reading, learning, interacting, growing your knowledge base and expanding your imagination. As such, it makes sense to bolster your eco-friendly efforts with eco-education. This means making your green library a place for patrons to not only participate in the eco-friendly movement, but also educate themselves on it.
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There are various technical facets to consider when attempting to transition to a green library, including things like architecture, location, heating and air conditioning units and water lines. But to really show your library’s dedication to the environment and play a dynamic role in the green movement, you’ve got to be active. Your green library needs a strong support system to help it take off.
Worldwide consumption of paper has risen by 400% in the past 40 years. If you are a dedicated library administrator and strong advocate for eco-friendly libraries, that’s likely a disturbing statistic for you. Many green libraries have begun dropping traditional services in favor of digital processes. Yet, digitizing your library, or performing a complete overhaul of your library technology, sounds stressful.