USIU Africa Library
The USIU-Africa Library & Information Center made it to the top five finalists of the iFLA Green Library Awards 2018. PHOTO: DAN MUCHAI

By Ernest Anguru

The USIU-Africa Library and Information Center has been named among the top five finalists in the IFLA Green Library Awards 2018, which will be presented at the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Monday, August 27 2018.

The award seeks to reward the best Green Library submission that communicates a library’s commitment to environmental sustainability, as well as creating awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education.

USIU-Africa was recognized for its “Garden in the Library” where trees and plants exist in a garden environment that provides fresh air for library users and staff. Additionally, the Library was also commended for using its roof to harvest rainwater that is then used to water the garden thus providing an ecofriendly method of sustaining the garden.
The 11-year-old library is now held up as a perfect example of how libraries in Africa have embraced the green movement and demonstrated innovativeness in library practice.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. The IFLA Green Library Award was established 2016 by  IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group, and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. Among IFLA’s objectives in offering this award is to reward the best Green Library submission that communicates a library’s commitment to environmental sustainability, as well as create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education.

A total 32 submissions were received from around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Spain, Ukraine, USA, and Uzbekistan.