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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

Updated December, 2019

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. The International Well Building Institute is focusing on health and wellness in buildings to improve the human experience through design.

Sustainability is about design, construction and operational decisions that will amplify the positive and mitigate the negative impacts of choices we make 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” (

Georgia Gwinnett College Library, LEED certified

Georgia Gwinnett College Library, LEED certified

Resource List (updated December 2019)

Aldrich, R. S.  (2019). Sustainable libraries. Retrieved from 

American Library Association. (2019). Sustainability and Libraries. Retrieved from

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

Antonelli, M. (2009). Green libraries. Retrieved from

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. (2019). Building green: The most trusted voice in sustainable design and architecture. Retrieved from 

Buildium Academy. (2019). The green building design guide. Retrieved from

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.  (2019). Green building. Retrieved from 

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.

Charney, M. &Aldrich, R. S. (Fall 2016)Sustainable building design. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship

EGJ: Electronic Green Journal. (2017). Retrieved from 

Gevorkian, P.  (2006). Sustainable energy systems engineering: The complete green building design resource. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Going green @your library: Environmentally friendly practices for libraries and beyond!(2019). Retrieved from 

The Green Building Initiative, Green Globes Certification. Retrieved from

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



Resource List - cont'd (updated December 2019)

Henk, M. (2014). Ecology, economy, equity: the path to a carbon-neutral library. Chicago: ALA Editions.

International Well Building Institute, Well v2 Certification, retrieved from

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

Kats, G. (2009). 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® v4. Reference Guide for Building, Design and Construction. Version 4.0. Washington, DC: U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED® v4. Reference Guide for Building Operations and Maintenance. Version 4.0. Washington, DC: U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED® v4. Reference Guide for Interior Design and Construction. Version 4.0. Washington, DC: U.S. Green Building Council.

Montoya, M.  (2011). Green building fundamentals: A practical guide to understanding and applying fundamental sustainable construction practices and the LEED Green Building System (2nd ed.). Boston: Prentice-Hall.

Rocky Mountain Institute. (2019). Retrieved from 

U. S. Green Building Council. (2018). Retrieved from 

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

World Green Building Council. (2019). Retrieved from 

Yudelson, J.  (2012). Marketing green buildings: Guide for engineering, construction, architecture.  Hoboken, NJ: Taylor & Francis.