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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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2018
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978-3-11-060887-8
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11. Urban Gardening, Foodsharing and Makerspaces

Best Practice in the Stadtbibliothek of Bad Oldesloe, Germany

Schumann, Tim

Abstract

Public libraries in Germany are currently under pressure, with many closures recently due to reduced municipal budgets. Public libraries hence need to demonstrate relevance to their communities, sponsors and other accountable bodies to avoid the continuance of this trend. This paper shows how libraries can link into debates in society and politics by adopting the urban gardening trend as well as developing new services around this green movement. Within the debate on public libraries’ transformation, urban gardening and the idea of the green library provide an opportunity to develop new green and sustainable library services. By combining makerspaces and community building with urban gardening and foodsharing, the public library of Bad Oldesloe developed a series of events that turned the library into a modern and creative learning space. At the same time, the library offered its physical space as a community platform for networking, cooperation and creativity.

Citation Information

Tim Schumann (2018). 11. Urban Gardening, Foodsharing and Makerspaces: Best Practice in the Stadtbibliothek of Bad Oldesloe, Germany. In Petra Hauke, Madeleine Charney, Harri Sahavirta (Eds.), Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World: Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services (pp. 122–134). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878-013

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

Online ISBN: 9783110608878

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