(4 Aug 2022) The aim is to be plastic-free, to see equipment reconditioned and reused, to build public awareness of ecological issues as well as save paper… All around the world libraries are going green.
The book industry is going green, and not just in publishing houses or bookstores. For seven consecutive years, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), founded in Edinburgh in 1927, has handed out the “Green Library Award,” sponsored by German publishing house Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
But what exactly does the term “green library” encompass? With Singapore’s National Library Board taking the Best Green Library 2022 award, Paris’s Médiathèque de la Canopée La Fontaine was awarded the Best Green Library Project 2022, it involves several aspects. Starting with the quality of the material. The media library located in the very heart of the city has chosen to abandon the use of plastic for protectively covering some of its books (especially those with a short lifespan such as magazines).
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