Say No to Single Use in the Library
The library is committed in its contribution to UL becoming a Sustainable University. In 2019, the Glucksman Library launched a successful Green Library campaign, whereby working to eliminate single-use plastics from the library. Our campaign was building momentum, but then Covid struck!
In February 2023 the library relaunched the Green Library campaign – this means we strongly discourage use of single use containers. Reusable cups, bottles and containers that have a lid are permitted in the library, subject to the library Food & Drink policy
Reusable cups can be purchased on campus from the library information desk (€3), the Campus Shop, and other vendors. Many cafés on campus offer a discount on hot beverages if you bring your own reusable cup.
Fill up at the Fountain / Reusable Bottles
There are four water fountains in the library where you can fill up your water bottle for free. A count taken in February 2023 showed that library users had refilled 1,333,962 bottles since the installation of the fountains in October 2018 – let us raise that figure to 2million. By reusing a water bottle, we can prevent plastic waste through the reduction in single use bottles. Reusable water bottles are available to buy from the library information desk at €2 each.
If you are booking catering for an event in the libary, please ensure that the catering providers only use reusable and/or recycled crockery, cutlery and containers – the library strongly discourages the use of single use.
We Need You!
As one of the busiest buildings on campus, we can once again make a real difference, and are committed to making the Glucksman Library greener - however we can only do any of this with your help, so join us! By making a small change, we can all make a big difference!
A sustainable world will not happen without determined effort – our actions today determine the future we manifest (UL.ie, 2023).