A Website for Information about Green and Sustainable Libraries
Libraries are arranged alphabetically within each designation.
Name of library (URL). City, State Abbreviation.
Description highlights. If available building information URL.
Opened in the spring of 2003, the Oaklyn is built into the side of a hill and has a flat 17,250-square-foot green roof. The soil from the hill helps the library stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter and the runoff water from the roof drains into a rain garden. Building information:
Green elements include a geo-exchange heating and cooling system, a storm management and rainwater catchment system for toilets and irrigation, efficient low voltage artificial lighting fixtures, and monitored air quality in building. The manufactured materials consist of recycled content or renewable resources and will also include post consumer recyclables such as recycled carpet, flooring and furnishings. The Library pursuing LEED silver certification. Building information: http://www.oldhampl.org/newlibfastfact.pdf
The Library’s heating, cooling and ventilation system was designed to consume 32.5% less energy than a standard system. The building incorporates natural lighting features to save electricity. Visitors are able to enjoy views to the outside in 90% of the library. Building materials consist of recycled content and low emitting fumes whenever possible. In 2007 the Library was the first municipal building in New Hampshire to receive LEED certification. It received a LEED Silver certification. Building information: http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/newlibrary/index.htm
The Rice Branch is the first freestanding library in Ohio to earn Silver LEED certification. Significant features include a raised modular flooring system, which resides 24” above the ground floor and allows for the installation of energy efficient air conditioning, heating and electrical units. The floor-to-ceiling lights maximize the use of natural light. Other green features include a light colored roof, low-flow fixtures and native landscaping. More than 95 percent of the construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills. Received LEED Silver certification. Building information: http://cpl.org/TheLibrary/News/NewsArticle/tabid/109/ArticleId/186/Cleveland-Public-Librarys-Rice-Branch-Earns-Silver-LEED-Certification.aspx
This former Colorado high school building was purchased in 2005 for $200,000 and remodeled into an eco-friendly public library. The library building uses a geothermal system for heating and cooling. The flooring is made of recycled rubber, and contains recycled furniture. Recipient of a Stephen H. Hart Award in 2010. Building information: http://www.chieftain.com/articles/2010/03/15/news/local/doc4b9db578d213a596165433.txt