The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way

ACRL and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announce the publication of The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way. Written by Mary M. Carr and Steven L. Carr, United States Green Building Council (USGBC) trained and certified accredited LEED- AP professionals and librarians, this digital publication introduces librarians and design professionals to the information, standards and tools necessary to construct or renovate a library in accordance with the USGBC’s LEED requirements and process.

A core principle of libraries is to be a presence in the communities they serve. That presence takes many forms, from historical images of a librarian riding the circuit on horseback, to a bookmobile, to the physical space of a library building. Today’s libraries use technology to extend the reach of resources and services. These sorts of changes, along with economic concerns, have necessitated a fresh look at physical library buildings, including making them more environmentally sound.

Building on Mary M. Carr’s recent book The Green Library Planner: What Every Librarian Needs to Know Before Starting to Build or Renovate, the goal of The Greening of America’s Libraries is to provide the information, tools and confidence a non-building or design professional needs to construct or renovate library spaces with an eye towards sustainability. Carr and Carr provide readers with point by point explanations of LEED requirements in all relevant categories along with examples of existing library building projects that illustrate specific LEED requirements. The handbook is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in library renovation projects along with the construction or lease of new library spaces.

The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way is available for purchase in a variety of e-book formats through the ALA Online Store and Amazon.com; and through EBSCO for library e-book collections.

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