This directory lists libraries in the United States and Canada that have implemented some form of green planning. Although having a green building is not the only way for a library to “plan green”, the directory focuses on libraries whose buildings have received LEED certification.
Compiling the directory involved multiple searches of the United States Green Building Council’s databases of LEED-certified projects and registered projects as well as searches in Library Journal’s website, the April 2009 edition of American Libraries, the spring 2009 American Libraries Digital Supplement, and greenreportcard.org.
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Public library (owned by local or state government)/(serving citizens of a particular state or locality
Academic library (owned by college or university)/serving a college or university community
K-12 library (owned by an elementary, middle, or high school)
Special library (owned by a for-profit or nonprofit institution other than a school, museum, or government)
Federal library (owned by federal government)
Homewood Middle School Media Center (Birmingham) - LEED Silver
Atwood Alaska Resource Center, Anchorage Museum (Anchorage)
The museum is pursuing LEED silver-level certification for an expansion project scheduled for completion in 2010. Learn more.
Machetanz Elementary School Library (Wasilla) - LEED Silver
Easton Collection Center, Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff) - LEED Platinum
First Mesa Elementary School Library (Polacca) - LEED Certified
Desert Broom Branch Library (Phoenix) - LEED certified
Burton Barr Central Library (Phoenix) - LEED Silver
Queen Creek Branch Library (Queen Creek) - LEED Gold
Appaloosa Branch, Scottsdale Public Library (Scottsdale)
Arabian Branch, Scottsdale Public Library (Scottsdale) - LEED Certified
Fayetteville Public Library (Fayetteville) - LEED Silver
William J. Clinton Presidential Center Library (Little Rock) - LEED Platinum
The library originally received Silver LEED certification; after adding sustainable practices, it received Platinum LEED Certification for Existing Buildings. Built on a former brownfield site, the Center boasts a fifty-kilowatt solar array and charging stations for electric vehicles. Learn more about green features, read the case study, or view the Center's LEED scorecard (PDF).
Haskett Branch, Anaheim Public Library (Anaheim) - LEED Certified
Windrush School Library (El Cerrito) - LEED Platinum
Harbor City-Harbor Gateway Branch, Los Angeles Public Library (Harbor City) - LEED Certified
Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (Long Beach) - LEED Silver
Learning Resource Center, San Diego City College (San Diego) - LEED Silver
North University Community Branch, San Diego Public Library (San Diego) - LEED Silver
California Academy of Sciences Library (San Francisco) - LEED Platinum
San Francisco Public Library System (San Francisco)
The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, located on the fifth floor of the San Francisco Main Library, is devoted to information about the environment. The library system schedules green programming as part of its Green Stacks initiative; issues green report cards describing branches' greening efforts; and even offers biodegradable library cards. Learn more about green features.
West Valley Branch, San José Public Library (San José) - LEED certified
Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library, Santa Clara University (Santa Clara)
Learn more about green features.
Santa Monica Main Library (Santa Monica) - LEED Gold
In addition to offering materials and programming on topics related to sustainability and the environment, the Santa Monica Library sponsors a Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Learn more about green features.
Aspen Middle School Library (Aspen) - LEED Gold
William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado-Boulder (Boulder) - LEED Gold
Durango Public Library (Durango) - LEED Gold
Council Tree Library (Fort Collins) - LEED Platinum
Prairie View Middle School Library (Henderson) - LEED Gold
Mancos Public Library (Mancos) - LEED Gold
The Darien Library is projected to receive LEED Gold certification. Learn more about green features.
District of ColumbiaSidwell Friends Middle School Library- LEED Platinum
–The Sidwell Friends Middle School obtained its platinum certification by incorporating features such as solar chimneys and a green roof. The school's sewage is treated onsite. Learn more about the middle school's green features or read a description of the school's green building process.
United States Green Building Council Knowledge Center - LEED Platinum
Library West, University of Florida (Gainesville) - LEED Gold
North Sarasota Library (Sarasota) - LEED Gold
Candler Library, Emory University (Atlanta) - LEED Silver
East Atlanta Branch Library (Atlanta) - LEED Silver
Learn more about green features or view LEED scorecard (PDF).
Mathematics & Science Center Reading Room, Emory University (Atlanta) - LEED Certified
Patient and Family Resource Center, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University (Atlanta) - LEED Certified
Library! at Cole & Ustick (formerly the West Boise Branch Library) (Boise) - LEED Gold
Byron Public Library (Byron) - LEED Gold
Chicago Center for Green Technology - Green Building Resource Center (Chicago) - LEED Platinum
Chicago Public Library (Chicago)
Avalon Branch - LEED Certified
Beverly Branch - LEED Silver
Bucktown-Wicker Branch - LEED Certified
Budlong Woods Branch - LEED Certified
Logan Square Branch - LEED Silver
Oriole Park Branch - LEED Certified
Vodak-East Side Branch - LEED Certified
West Englewood Branch - LEED Certified
West Chicago Avenue Branch - LEED Certified
West Pullman Branch - LEED Certified
Rakow Branch, Gail Borden Public Library (Elgin) - LEED Gold
The Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library was featured in the American Library Association's 2010 Library Design Showcase.
Skokie Public Library (Skokie)
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation of Evanston, Illinois - Library (Evanston) - LEED Platinum
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary Library (Elkhart) - LEED Gold
Oaklyn Branch, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (Evansville)
Prindle Institute for Ethics Library, DePauw University (Greencastle) - LEED Gold
Ohio Township Central Library (Newburgh)
Marshalltown Public Library (Marshalltown) - LEED Gold
Van Allen Elementary School Media Center (North Liberty) - LEED Silver
Woodland Elementary School Media Center (Olathe) - LEED Silver
Twenhofel Middle School Media Center (Independence) - LEED Silver
Main Oldham County Public Library (LaGrange)
Brewster Hall Library, Governor Baxter School for the Deaf (Falmouth) - LEED Silver
Orono Public Library (Orono)
Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine (Portland) - LEED Silver
Ocean City Branch, Worcester County Public Library (Ocean City)
West County Area Library (Odenton) - LEED Certified
Hayden Memorial Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge)
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (Cambridge) - LEED Certified
90 Mt. Auburn Street, Harvard University Library (Cambridge) - LEED Gold
90 Mt. Auburn Street is home to Harvard University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, Office for Information Systems, and Open Collections Program. Learn more about the building's green features or view LEED scorecard (PDF).
Littauer Fine Arts Library, Harvard University (Cambridge) - LEED Gold
C. W. Morey Elementary School Library (Lowell)
North Adams Public Library (North Adams) - LEED Certified
Stanley Elementary School Library (Waltham) - LEED Silver
Malletts Creek Branch, Ann Arbor District Library (Ann Arbor)
Cook Library Center (Grand Rapids) - LEED Gold
Grace Hauenstein Library, Aquinas College (Grand Rapids) - LEED Silver
Harper Woods Public Library (Harper Woods) - LEED Silver
Hastings Public Library (Hastings) - LEED Gold
Delta Township District Library (Lansing) - LEED Silver
Otsego District Public Library (Otsego) - LEED Silver
Eden Prairie Library (Eden Prairie)
Elk River Public Library (Elk River) - LEED Gold
Minneapolis Central Library (Minneapolis)
Science Library, Regents Hall, St. Olaf College (Northfield) - LEED Platinum
Plymouth Library (Plymouth)
Wildwood Campus Library, St. Louis Community College (Wildwood) - LEED Gold
Crossroads College Preparatory School Library (Saint Louis) - LEED Platinum
Missouri Botanical Garden Library (Saint Louis) - LEED Silver
The library is housed in the Missouri Botanical Garden's Monsanto Center. Learn more about the Center's green features (PDF).
Bozeman Public Library (Bozeman) - LEED Silver
Miley Achievement Center Library (Las Vegas) - LEED Certified
Portsmouth Public Library (Portsmouth) - LEED Silver
St. Joseph's School for the Blind Library (Jersey City) - LEED Certified
Summerfield Elementary School Media Center (Neptune) - LEED Gold
The Neptune Township School District provides extensive information about the school's green features and the ways in which they have been used to help students learn about sustainability. You can also see a short description of green features or view LEED scorecard (PDF).
Instituto Cervantes Library (Albuquerque) - LEED Gold
Library, Baca Dlo'ay azhi Community School (Prewitt) - LEED Certified
Santa Fe Prep School Library (Santa Fe) - LEED Gold
Bronx Library Center (Bronx) - LEED Silver
Stone Avenue Branch, Brooklyn Public Library (Brooklyn)
The Stone Avenue Branch is one of nineteen branches of the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries that have partnered with the Horticultural Society of New York to develop gardens. See the Stone Avenue branch's garden or learn more about the GreenBranches program.
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library (Clifton Park) - LEED Certified
Crandall Public Library (Glens Falls) - LEED Certified
Marcellus Free Library (Marcellus) - LEED Silver
Battery Park City Library (New York City)
The library is hoping to receive gold-level LEED certification. Learn more about green features.
Hort Library, Horticultural Society of New York (New York City)
The Hort library is devoted to books about gardening and hosts gardening-related events, including some focused on organic gardening and native plants. In addition, the HSNY has developed a GreenBranches program through which it has partnered with the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries to create gardens in previously-unused spaces near nineteen local libraries.
Ossining Public Library (Ossining) - LEED Certified
Strong National Museum of Play Libraries (Rochester) - LEED Silver
The Museum of Play's facilities include the Grada Hopeman Gelser Library, a circulating library offered in partnership with Monroe County Library System, as well as the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play. Learn more about the museum's green features, read a case study, or view the project's LEED scorecard (PDF).
Golisano Library, Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester) - LEED Silver
Jefferson Hall-USMA Library and Learning Center, United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point)
Carrboro High School Media Center (Carrboro) - LEED Silver
Green Gardener Reference Room and Library, North Carolina Botanical Garden (Chapel Hill)
The North Carolina Botanical Garden is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its new Education Center is designed to achieve platinum-level LEED certification. Learn more about green features or see the handout used to inform visitors about sustainability (PDF).
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center (Charlotte) - LEED Silver
Cherokee Central School Media Centers (Cherokee) - LEED Silver
The Cherokee Central School is composed of three connected campuses - an elementary school, middle school, and high school - each with its own media center. Learn more about the school's green features (PDF; go to page 14 of 32).
East Regional Branch, Durham County Public Library (Durham) - LEED Certified
North Regional Branch, Durham County Public Library (Durham) - LEED Silver
Perkins/Bostock Library, Duke University (Durham) - LEED Certified
In addition to having a green building, the Perkins Library maintains an online exhibit about sustainability. A more extensive sustainability exhibit was on display in the library during the fall of 2009.
W. G. Pearson Elementary School Media Center (Durham) - LEED Certified
Mount Airy Public Library (Mount Airy)
Third Creek Elementary School Library (Statesville) - LEED Gold
Turtle Mountain Community High School Library (Belcourt) - LEED Silver
Reynolds Corners Branch, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library - LEED Silver
Edison Community College, Regional Center for Excellence (Piqua) - LEED Certified
Ritter Public Library (Vermilion)
The library is seeking LEED Gold certification for its new addition. Learn more about green features.
Student Sustainability Center Library, Oregon State University (Corvallis)
Pacific University Library (Forest Grove) - LEED Certified
Hillsdale Library (Portland) - LEED Gold
Learning Commons & Mollie Dodd Anderson Library, George School (Newtown) - LEED Gold
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Library, Friends Center (Philadelphia) - LEED Platinum
Hill District Branch, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
Woods Run Branch, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh) - LEED Silver
Paul Smith Library of Southern York County (Shrewsbury) - LEED Certified
James B. Duke Library, Furman University (Greenville) - LEED Gold
McElveen Library (Shaw Air Force Base) - LEED Silver
Porcupine School Library (Porcupine) - LEED Silver
St. Francis Indian School Library (St. Francis) - LEED Certified
Barrett Library, Rhodes College (Memphis)
Carver Branch, Austin Public Library (Austin) - LEED Certified
Grauwyler Park Branch, Dallas Public Library (Dallas) - LEED Silver
Lancaster-Kiest Branch, Dallas Public Library (Dallas) - LEED Silver
Hector Garcia Middle School Library (Dallas) - LEED Certified
Timberglen Branch, Dallas Public Library (Dallas) - LEED Gold
An educational kiosk (which is also accessible online) informs visitors of the building's green features and allows them to monitor the library's use of water and electricity. View the branch's LEED scorecard (PDF).
Looscan Neighborhood Library (Houston) - LEED Certified
Draper Library (Draper) - LEED Silver
Grand County Public Library (Moab)
Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City) - LEED Silver
South Jordan Library (South Jordan) - LEED Certified
Pleasant Valley Branch, Weber County Library (Washington Terrace)
The library is seeking LEED gold-level certification. Learn more about green features.
Green Mountain Valley School Library (Waitsfield) - LEED Certified
Burke Centre Library (Burke) - LEED Silver
Oakton Library (Oakton) - LEED Silver
Ballard Branch, Seattle Public Library (Seattle)
Seattle Central Library (Seattle) - LEED Silver
Rosemary Garfoot Public Library (Cross Plains) - LEED Silver
The Rosemary Garfoot Public Library's home page proudly advertises its green status. The library offers a special Environmental Collection and environmentally-themed programming that includes Eco-Talk Book Dicussions. Learn more about green features (PDF) or view LEED scorecard (PDF).
College of Menominee Nation Library (Keshena)
The library was built to meet the standards for LEED Silver certification. Learn more about green features.
Sequoya Branch, Madison Public Library (Madison) - LEED Silver
Laramie County Library in Cheyenne (Cheyenne) - LEED Gold
Greybull Elementary School Library (Greybull) - LEED Certified
Banff Community High School Library (Banff) - LEED Certified
Country Hills Branch, Calgary Public Library (Calgary) - LEED Gold
Crowfoot Branch, Calgary Public Library (Calgary) - LEED Certified
Learn more about green features or view LEED scorecard (PDF).
Holy Trinity Academy Library (Municipal District of Foothills) - LEED Gold
Coast Capital Savings Library, Cloverdale Campus, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey) - LEED Gold
Semiahmoo Branch, Surrey Public Library (Surrey) - LEED Gold
North Vancouver City Library (North Vancouver)
Heritage Woods Secondary School Library (Port Moody) - LEED Silver
Sir John A. MacDonald High School Library (Upper Tantallon) - LEED Silver
Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre & Library, University of Toronto-Mississauga (Mississauga) - LEED Silver
Pavilions Lassonde Library, École Polytechnique Montréal (Montréal) - LEED Gold
University Learning Centre, Murray Library, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)
J. V. Clark School Library (Mayo)
National Technical Library, Czech Technical University (Prague)
Biblioteca Vasconcelos (Mexico City)
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Library (Thuwal) - LEED Platinum
Art, Design, and Media Library, Nanyang Technological University
The Beitou Library was the first building in Taiwan to qualify for a diamond rating, the highest possible level in Taiwan's EEWH green building certification system. Learn more about green features.
Shipai Branch, Taipei Public Library (Taipei)
Learn more about green features (scroll down for information on Shipai/Shihpai Branch).
Library, Solihull Centre for Inclusive Learning (Birmingham, England)
The Solihull Centre serves as the campus for Merstone School and Forest Oak School. See pictures of its green roof and learn more about the building's green features (PDF).