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.

Powered by Plants logo
Powered by Plants - Library Services trial for one-year

UCL Library Services have now signed up to one year trial of Powered By Plants – catering will be 100% vegetarian or vegan by default.

UCL Green Impact 2021 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 this year, with 3 Bronze7 Silver and 7 Gold Awards for 2021.

  • Bartlett Library;
  • Institute of Orthopaedics Library;
  • School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library.
  • Institute of Ophthalmology Library;
  • IOE Library;
  • Main Library;
  • Queen Square Library;
  • Royal Free Medical Library;
  • Science Library;
  • Senate House Hub.
  • Central Library Services;
  • Cruciform Hub;
  • Institute of Archaeology Library;
  • Institute of Child Health Library;
  • Language and Speech Science Library;
  • School of Pharmacy Library;
  • Wickford Zero Waste.

Congratulations to all the staff who were involved in improving our sustainability this year, and particularly to colleagues across sites who contributed to the department’s successful entries to the Green Impact scheme this year. 

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.

UCL Climate Hub

Discover perspective-shifting approaches to the climate emergency on UCL's Climate Hub.