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Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World

Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services

Ed. by Hauke, Petra / Charney, Madeleine / Sahavirta, Harri

Series:IFLA Publications 177

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October 2018
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10. From a Green Library to a Sustainable Library

Case-Study of Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province, China

Huang, Qunqing / Chen, Si

Abstract

Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province is a large provincial public library with a history of over one hundred years in China. Located in a historic site, it has been transformed into a green library with concepts of ecological and environmental protection. Its big lawn in the front, large old trees and courtyards inside the grounds are enjoyable for citizens, while even its roof garden became a landscape. Besides the pleasing environment, facilities and technology are introduced for energy conservation. Air conditioners could be replaced for most of the year by natural air, rainwater could be collected over an area of nine thousand square metres and solar power could generate electricity with photovoltaic panels. A team of librarians was also organised to educate citizens through various services, such as the website “Ecological & Environmental Protection” with a dozen columns which was created in 2007 and remains active to date, with two million citizens visiting the website during this period. Activities such as forums, lectures, exhibitions, films, telephone-booth-looking mini libraries, plant seeds travelling as well as some campaigns have been held inside or outside the library, all of which contribute to the transformation of the green library into a sustainable library.

Citation Information

Qunqing Huang, Si Chen (2018). 10. From a Green Library to a Sustainable Library: Case-Study of Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province, China. In Petra Hauke, Madeleine Charney, Harri Sahavirta (Eds.), Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World: Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services (pp. 110–121). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878-012

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878

Online ISBN: 9783110608878

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