Want to live a more sustainable lifestyle? Your local library has a huge range of books and resources on the topic of sustainability. Plus borrowing books rather than buying them is sustainable too!

Check out some great sustainable architecture ideas with Smart homes and communities or see how people are transforming their urban communities with RetroSuburbia and The urban farmer. Get some tips on how to move towards zero waste with Zero waste home and My zero-waste kitchen. You'll then ready to take on Connect: practical ways to grow and prepare sustainable food and Self-sufficiency: a guide for 21st-century living

What else is sustainable about using libraries? Try downloading our free eBooks that save on paper, have your next meeting or study session here to save on household utility bills and use our wi-fi instead of wasting power at home.

We also have power mate kits you can borrow that measure the energy used by household appliances. These can be reserved and loaned just like a book. 

Visit the sustainability section of our website to see how Boroondara is embracing sustainable living and how we support our community on the journey to a greener future. 

Reserve a book on the list

To reserve a book, click on the title and use your membership number and PIN to place a reservation. 

Sustainability booklist

High-impact, low-carbon gardening: 1001 ways to garden sustainably by Alice Bowe

Self-sufficiency: a guide for 21st-century living by Alan and Gill Bridgewater

Change here now: permaculture solutions for personal and community transformation by Adam Brock

A life less throwaway: the lost art of buying for life by Tara Button

The urban farmer by Justin Calverley and Ceres

The sustainable cookbook by editor and food director, Pamela Clark

Seed libraries: and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people by Cindy Conner

Dress [with] sense: the practical guide to an eco-conscious closet by Christina Dean, Hannah Lane and Sofia Tärneberg

Sunlight and seaweed: an argument for how to feed, power and clean up the world by Tim Flannery

Smart homes and communities: fostering sustainable architecture by Avi Friedman.

Green crafts for children: 35 step-by-step projects using natural, recycled, and found materials by Emma Hardy

RetroSuburbia: the downshifter's guide to a resilient future by David Holmgren

Zero waste home: the ultimate guide to simplifying your life by reducing your waste by Bea Johnson

The art of free travel: a frugal family adventure by Patrick Jones and Meg Ulman

Being the change: live well and spark a climate revolution by Peter Kalmus

How to live plastic free: a day in the life of a plastic detox by Marine Conservation Society

From trash to treasure: don't throw stuff out- fix it, give it a makeover, or sell it and make money by Judith Miller

My zero-waste kitchen: easy ways to eat waste free by editor, Ruth O'Rourke-Jones

Make and mend: a guide to recycling clothes and fabrics by Rebecca Peacock and Sam Tickner

Fair food: inspiring stories of ethical living by Nick Rose

Practical self-sufficiency: an Australian guide to sustainable living by Dick and James Strawbridge

Connect: practical ways to grow and prepare sustainable food by Kylie Treble

A zero waste life in thirty days by Anita Vandyke

Meet the Frugalwoods: achieving financial independence through simple living by Elizabeth Willard Thames