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Academic Library Building Design: Resources for Planning: Green Building Resources

ACRL and LLAMA have joined forces to provide a basic framework for architects, planners, and librarians embarking on the planning and design of libraries for higher education.

Green Building Resources

Georgia Gwinnett College Library, LEED certified 


Georgia Gwinnett College Library, LEED certified


Green Building Resources

Updated April 5, 2018

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, green building is defined as “a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative of these effects throughout the entire life cycle of a building. 

While there are many different definitions of green building out there, it is generally accepted as the planning, design, construction, and operations of buildings with several central, foremost considerations: energy use, water use, indoor environmental quality, material section and the building's effects on its site” (

Aldrich, R. S.  (2018). Sustainable libraries. Retrieved from March 27, 2018.

American Library Association. (2018). Green libraries. Retrieved from March 27, 2018.

American Library Association.  (2018). Sustainability Round Table Blog. Retrieved from April 3, 2018.

Antonelli, M. (2009). Green libraries. Retrieved from March 27, 2018.

Antonelli, M., & McCullough, M. (Eds). (2012). Greening libraries: Library Juice Press.

Boyden, L., & Weiner, J.  (2000). Sustainable libraries: Teaching environmental responsibility to communities.  The Bottom Line, 13(2), 74-83. Doi:

Building Green Inc. (2018). Building green: The most trusted voice in sustainable design and architecture. Retrieved from March 27, 2018.

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.  (2018). Green Building. Retrieved from April 2, 2018.

Carr, M. M. (2013).  The Green Library Planner: What Every Librarian Needs to Know Before Starting to Build or Renovate. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Carr, M. M., & Carr, S. L. (2013). The greening of America’s libraries: LEEDing the way. Chicago: American Library Association, 2013.

EGJ: Electronic Green Journal. (2017). Retrieved from April 2, 2018.

Gevorkian, P.  (2007). Sustainable energy systems engineering: The complete green building design resource. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Going Green @your Library: Environmentally Green Practices for Libraries and Beyond! (2018). Retrieved from April 2, 2018.

Haselbach, L.  (2010). The engineering guide to LEED-new construction: Sustainable construction for engineers (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw Hill Professional.

Jankowska, M. A. (2014). Focus on educating for sustainability: Toolkit for academic libraries. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Kats, G. (2010). Greening our built world: Costs, benefits and strategies. Washington, D.C. Island Press.

Kibert, C. J. (2016). Sustainable construction: Green building design and delivery. 4th ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.

Kubba, S.  (2016). LEED v4 practices, certification and accreditation handbook (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Lamis, A.P.  (2003). Greening the library: An overview of sustainable design. In G. B. McCabe & J. R. Kennedy (Eds.). Planning the modern public library building (pp. 31-45). Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

LEED® 2013. Reference Guide for Building, Design and Construction. Version 4.0. Washington, DC: U.S. Green Building Council.  

LEED® 2013. Reference Guide for Building Operations and Maintenance. Version 4.0. Washington, DC: U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED® 2013. Reference Guide for Interior Design and Construction. Version 4.0. Washington, DC: U.S. Green Building Council.

Montoya, M.  (2010). Green building fundamentals: A practical guide to understanding and applying fundamental sustainable construction practices and the LEED Green Building System (2nd ed.). New York: Prentice-Hall.

Rocky Mountain Institute. (2018). Retrieved from April 3, 2018.

U. S. Green Building Council. (2018). Retrieved from April 2, 2018.

National Institute of Building Sciences (2018). Whole building design guide: Sustainable. Retrieved from April 2, 2018.

World Green Building Council. (2018). Retrieved from April 2, 2018.

Yudelson, J.  (2006). Marketing green buildings: Guide for engineering, construction, architecture.  Lilburn, GA: Fairmont Press.