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Durham University

University Library

Library Greenspace

The Library Environment Group (LEG), Durham University Library and Heritage Collections

Welcome to the University Library and Heritage Collections Greenspace web pages.

Here you can find out what we are doing to contribute to environmental sustainability, and how you as a student or staff user can help us in our mission to be greener. We welcome ideas and suggestions for how we can reduce the carbon footprint of our activities and management of buildings.

The library (both at Durham and Stockton campuses), special collections and museums have a combined Library Environment Group which meets several times a year to discuss, for example, how to reduce energy consumption, and to decide how best to make changes in how we do things. We also act as 'environmental champions', encouraging and advising on sustainability in library and museum services.


Printing, photocopying and scanning in the library

There's a new printing system in the Library, which is substantially reducing the number of unwanted print-outs: paper recycling bins near printers have been almost empty since the new system came into operation, indicating a significant reduction on previous levels of paper consumption. This is excellent news in terms of both costs to users, the university and the environment.

It's easy to scan documents to send to your email inbox, avoiding unnecessary use of paper. In addition, print jobs created in error can be easily deleted, again saving paper and also money. It's early days, but we hope the new printing system will prove to be a milestone in reducing paper waste and conserving resources.

For any help with printing, scanning, photocopying or paying for printing, contact the CIS helpdesk either at the Palatine Centre or on Level 2 of the Bill Bryson Library.


Recycling Bins

There are recycling bins throughout Queen's Campus and Bill Bryson Libraries, which will accept plastic bottles, carboard and paper.

Please help us to increase rates of recycling in the Library: this will reduce landfill and refuse collection costs, and mean that more money can be diverted towards teaching and learning resources.