Green library

Your library is proud to be the holder of a Gold NUS Green Impact Award.

With NTU already being one of the top universities in the UK for sustainability, it was essential that the recent library refurbishments were designed and built to the very highest green credentials, as well as reflecting the very latest thinking in learning space design and technology. 

To enhance the impressive sustainability status of NTU, we've used the latest technologies at all our libraries for heating, lighting and other building controls. The heating at the Brackenhurst library is provided by a biomass boiler saving 400 tonnes of CO2 annually. It has also been built to high environmental standards, achieving the BREEAM Excellent rating and an EPA of A, which is largely down to solar panels and intelligent LED lights.

Green Impact

The NUS Green Impact scheme challenges university departments to implement a number of practical actions to help the environment. Over the last three years we have successfully achieved the bronze, silver and gold awards. As a result of the scheme we have increased the amount we recycle, made wider use of recycled materials and increased awareness of wider green issues.

Carbon Elephant

As part of the NTU wide initiative to save energy, we have implemented a number of changes designed to cut our electricity usage. This has included the installation of BREEAM lighting, movement sensors and energy efficient appliances. We have also been able to make some additional green purchases including bird and hedgehog homes, reusable cotton bags and plants for all three NTU libraries.

To read more about the challenge visit the Carbon Elephant pages.

Green volunteering opportunities

There are lots of ways students and staff can get involved to help reduce NTU's impact on the environment. Opportunities include the Big Clear Out initiative, being a Green Impact auditor or joining one of NTU's societies. Email the NTU Environment Team to find out more.

Help your library to be more green

When you are in the library, you can do your bit by helping us:

  • recycle in the correct bins
  • think before you print to save paper and ink
  • where possible, use the stairs instead of the lifts
  • report faulty taps
  • recycle batteries

If you have any more ideas for how the libraries could be more eco-friendly we would love to hear from you. Email the Library Green Team.


Boots Library, Level 2 male students using laptops