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Kista Bibliotek wasting good quality paper in hundreds every day!

I have been a member of the Kista Bibliotek for over one and a half years now. I usually go and browse books from the shelves and issue the books I need. At the checkout, it asks me if I need the printed receipt, or one sent via text or email. I tend to choose neither. I like the fact that it gives me the option to choose if I want to print a receipt.
However, if a book is not in stock, you have to reserve it with the library, either at the reception, or online. Once your book becomes available, they send you an SMS or email (based on what communication option you chose), asking you to come and collect your book.
Hundreds of these pages printed each day, with hardly 20% of it being actually used.
Hundreds of these pages printed each day, with hardly 20% of it being actually used.

They have a shelf dedicated to all the reserved books. Each reserved book comes with a printed A4 size paper mentioning your reservation number and other details so you can track your book. There must be about 100-150 books on that shelf each day. That means hundreds of good quality A4 sized papers are wasted every day!
And this is just the case of one bibliotek. There are so many libraries all over the city. The case must be similar there as well! Is there not a better solution than wasting so much paper on minimal content? Surely there must be a better way to deal with this wastage. I hope the libraries find a better, more eco-friendly way of doing things.

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  • Munene Mugambi

    7 w

    It's disheartening to witness such blatant paper waste. Printing hundreds of pages daily for reservation notices, of which only a fraction is utilized, reflects a careless disregard for environmental conservation. Libraries must urgently adopt more sustainable practices to mitigate this unnecessary waste. They have to do better especially in their position

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    • Bridget Parsons

      7 w

      I take my old battery and light plastic to tesco as they recycle them

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      • Markus Lutteman

        7 w

        In my home library, these reservation numbers are printed on small stripes that can also act as a bookmark. I guess you could easily turn one A4 sheet into 20 of those stripes.

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        • Varsa Mahananda

          7 w

          @Markus_Lutteman So there are such simple solutions available! If only we give it a little thought.

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          • Munene Mugambi

            7 w

            @Markus_Lutteman Implementing a system like using smaller, multipurpose reservation notices could significantly reduce paper waste. Transforming one A4 sheet into 20 bookmark-sized strips demonstrates a practical and eco-friendly approach to addressing the issue. Way to go and proud of this by your library

          • George Kariuki

            7 w

            Absolutely! You're right about the paper waste. Seeing all those printed reservation slips is a bummer for the environment.

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            • Jane Wangui

              7 w

              I still don't understand why people opt to use expensive ways to achieve something when there are way more cheaper ways that are environmental friendly.

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              • Munene Mugambi

                7 w

                @jane_wangui It's puzzling why individuals choose costly methods over cheaper, eco-friendly alternatives. Prioritizing sustainable solutions not only benefits the environment but also saves resources in the long run. It's crucial to promote awareness and encourage the adoption of greener practices. No way should this continue

              • Kevin

                7 w

                This is simple lack of creativity and wastefulness.

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                • Sarah Chabane

                  7 w

                  This is very silly, Stockholms stad need to find a better system for book reservations

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                  • Sarah Chabane

                    7 w

                    @sarah_chabane_874 we go to libraries to avoid consuming extra resources by buying new books, this is just counterproductive

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                  • Marine Stephan

                    7 w

                    Huge paper sheet for such little text...

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