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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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12. Green Library of the Neighbourhood

Collaborative Green Sustainable Library Strategies for Successful Urban Quarter Development in Berlin, Germany

Seifert, Anja / Rogge, Stefan

Abstract

Located in the centre of Berlin, next to the Potsdamer Platz, is one of the smallest public libraries in Berlin, the Bibliothek Tiergarten Sud. Overcoming the threat of closing due to financial struggles, the library now finds itself in a process of transformation. Since 2013 neighbourhood volunteers have been working for the library to form a new focus based on the do-it-yourself philosophy, including urban gardening and other ecologically sustainable practices. With EU-funded support, it is now possible to establish a new community centre for the urban quarter. The diversity of language, culture and income in this urban quarter is reflected in several activities that take place in the library, such as a Repair Cafe, literacy events and informative meetings about gardening topics. Supported by the first Leih-Samerei in a public library in Germany, there is also a shelf with home-grown seeds from the surrounding gardens that patrons may borrow. This array of projects and programming shows the multiplicity of a small urban library.

Citation Information

Anja Seifert, Stefan Rogge (2018). 12. Green Library of the Neighbourhood: Collaborative Green Sustainable Library Strategies for Successful Urban Quarter Development in Berlin, 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. 135–141). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878-014

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

Online ISBN: 9783110608878

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