How you Can Help

NUS Green Impact Oxford Environment

Whilst using the library, there are many ways you can help us to improve our environmental sustainability. Weíve listed a few recommendations for readers on this page and would encourage everyone to do as many of them as possible.

Donít Print Everything!

Whilst at university, it is tempting to print off several pieces of paper. Before you print though, it is important to think about why you are printing a document. If it isnít really necessary, donít print it! If you do need to print it, try and print it double-sided to save paper and in black and white to save ink.

Use the Recycling Bins around the Library

Reduce, reuse, recycleThere are clearly marked recycling bins spread around the entire library. If it is possible to recycle your waste, make use of them! If you have any questions about recycling, just ask a member of staff and they will be happy to advise you.

 Unplug your Laptop Charger when the Battery is Fully-charged

Laptop chargers still use energy even when your laptop is fully charged, so make sure you unplug the charger as soon as the battery is charged. By doing this, you can also make your battery last longer too.

Buy a KeepCup

Keepcups Remember Ė these can be used both in the library and outside. Some coffee shops even offer a discount if you bring your own cup.

Use Scrap Paper

We recycle part of the waste paper we produce into scrap paper and distribute it around the library. If you ever need to make a few quick notes or jot down a few shelfmarks, we encourage you to make use of this resource.

Reuse Bodleian Libraries Plastic Bags or Return them to the Desk

If you ever take one of the Bodleian Libraries plastic bags to help you carry your books home, make sure you reuse it as much as possible! If you decide youíve finished with it, just hand it back to the desk and weíll give it out to another reader in the future.

Image Credits: Mary. (2008). REuse REduce REcycle [Image]. Retrieved from

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