Sustainable library services for all

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the need to create greater accessibility in libraries through the lens of sustainability. Design/methodology/approach: Exploration of various types of theories including disability theory and sustainability as applied to business structure. Findings: Using a two tiered approach, that of disability theory and sustainability, can create a useful framework for addressing issues of sustainable accessibility. Originality/value: Accessibility is a major concern in libraries and creating a sustainable approach rather than utilizing a one size fits all angle will create better library buildings, spaces, and services. This paper focuses on discussing these issues in a way that allows for readers to come away with ideas about how to start shifting attitudes and programs toward a greater degree of sustainable accessibility.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-325
Number of pages9
JournalLibrary Management
Issue number6/7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • Library buildings -- Barrier-free design
  • Library science
  • Library cultural programs
  • Sustainable buildings
  • Universal design
  • Accessibility
  • Disability
  • Library culture
  • Library services
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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