Library Services


Sustainability in UCL Library Services

Information about how Library Services supports sustainability.

The Library Services Sustainability Committee co-ordinates the department’s sustainability initiatives. We are committed to:

  • promoting the most efficient use of energy in all areas of our operations
  • reducing the waste of energy wherever possible
  • reducing the amount of materials we use in doing our work
  • reusing those materials that have outlived their original purpose wherever we can
  • recycling as much of the used materials that cannot be reused as we can
  • working with UCL the Estates and Facilities Division, and all other departments throughout UCL to ensure that we conduct our business in the most environmentally sustainable way that we can.

UCL Green Impact 2019 award winners in UCL Library Services

Library Services takes part in the annual UCL Green Impact (an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students) and has achieved an incredible level of success gaining 19 awards in the 2019 Green Impact Awards ceremony.

  • 6 Bronze awards - Central Library Services (departmental award); Main Library; Science Library; Queen Square Library; Student Centre; Eastman Dental Institute Library
  • 7 Silver awards - Institute of Education Library; Royal Free Library; Senate House Library; Institute of Orthopaedics Library;  Bartlett Library; Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library; Institute of Ophthalmology Library
  • 6 Gold awards - Language and Speech Science Library; Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries; Cruciform Hub; School of Pharmacy Library; Institute of Archaeology Library; Wickford Stores

Contacting the Library Services Sustainability Committee

Please contact the Chair of the Library Services Sustainability Committee if you have any questions or ideas for environmental sustainability in the Library, or would like to be involved in the Green Impact Scheme. We can make a difference if we all work together to create a greener UCL!

Please visit Green UCL's webpages for news about green initiatives across UCL and follow them on Twitter @GreenUCL.