Loyola University Chicago Libraries

Environmental Sustainability at Loyola: Green Libraries

Sustainability Committee

This page is maintained by the Libraries' Sustainability Committe, whose goal is to promote sustainability to our students faculty, and staff by adopting policies and practices which demonstrate our own commitment to conserving resources. These are some of the steps the Libraries have taken to minimize our impact on the environment.

E-books = Green Books

E-books help preserve out natural resources by eliminating the need to cut down trees for printing.  Loyola Libraries provides free access to e-books on almost every topic which can be downloaded to your favorite device for offline reading as well!  You can find e-books in our Pegasus catalog or on our E-books Subject Guide.   

Loyola Libraries' Green Initiatives


  • All of the public printers in the libraries can print on two sides. In fact, that's what they do by default.
  • We scan rather than photocopy documents that we send to students and other libraries.
  • We call businesses and ask them not to send unwanted mailers.


  • The libraries partner with the Golden Key Society to collect unwanted texts for Better World Books, an organization that promotes literacy worldwide.
  • You can take or leave a bag for reuse at the Cudahy circulation desk


  • The libraries accept batteries and small electronics such as cell phones, cameras, and laptops for recycling.
  • We cluster recycling and trash receptacles to make it easier to sort waste.
  • The bags available from the circulation desk include post-consumer content.
  • Cudahy and Lewis Libraries participate in annual Recyclemania events.