Welcome to Libraries for Sustainable Development

Libraries for Sustainable Development (LSD) is a project of the Libraries for Peace (L4P) Initiative of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA).  LSD promotes the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by serving as a hub for resources on library efforts to advance sustainable development across the globe, and the access point to our Information Action Brief (IAB) series. Each IAB uses the format of a policy brief and serves as a resource and action guide to develop and create transformational actions using information to advance the SDGs.


The UN’s Decade of Action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030

“I call on the community of information specialists, researchers and educators to join in the global effort to overcome poverty and inequality, tackle the climate crisis, empower women and girls, and build peaceful, just and inclusive societies, free of discrimination and hate, in harmony with nature. To create a better future for all, we need information to bring awareness to the issues, knowledge to design solutions and data to monitor accountability. United in information, let’s act together to meet the Goals.” – Clara M. Chu, Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

What can I do?

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How do I develop an action brief?

What are libraries doing?