Whilst the debate rages on about which is greener – e-books or paper books – one thing is certain: a borrowed book has the lowest impact simply by being read by more people.
After a fall in use from the early 2000s, library use has now stabilised and may be set to increase. Top performing libraries and loans of all types (i.e. not just books) are increasing
In Bristol, the council has kept all libraries open and is investing in their future with community partnerships. Across the rest of the UK 130 public libraries closed in 2018 alone.
Libraries don’t just save carbon in terms of millions of books each year, they give people the opportunity to find jobs, undertake research, experience new ideas and get lost in wonderful stories. All while providing a sense of place for gathering.
By joining and using a library you help protect the service for those who need it most.
With the relaxation of Covid restrictions, many libraries have returned to their pre-Covid opening hours and have resumed a full range of service. Libraries at Avonmouth, Hartcliffe, Lockleaze and St Pauls remain closed for the time being. See link in side bar for more information about Library Services and Coronavirus restrictions.