Sustainability in the library

Sustainability also means working together on sustainability goals. The 17 sustainability goals of the UN's Agenda 2030 provide a good orientation. With Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on a path to joint sustainable development, libraries support sustainability goals as cultural and educational institutions with information and knowledge transfer.

  • Making people aware of the impact of their actions on future generations.
  • Positively influencing social developments: equally & sustainably.

What is the 2030 Agenda?

Fittingly, the #WorldLibraryMap provides an impressive overview of the world of libraries. In addition to basic library statistics, it also lists some SDG reports from around the world.

IFLA Library Map of the World (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA))

(Foto: ZU/Rolf Hannemann)

Sustainability in the library of Zeppelin University

Nachhaltige Entwicklung heißt, Umweltgesichtspunkte gleichberechtigt mit sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Gesichtspunkten zu berücksichtigen. Wir müssen unseren Kindern und Enkelkindern ein intaktes ökologisches, soziales und ökonomisches Gefüge hinterlassen.

Rat für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Nachhaltige Entwicklung:

The provision of information and knowledge is an important component for the sustainable development of society. The library of ZU also collects literature on topics of sustainability, based on teaching and research.

As a scientific information center, the library is available to ZU members as well as guests. Information and knowledge are thus available to all interested parties in the long term.

Bibliotheken können auf ökologischer wie gesellschaftlicher Ebene zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung beitragen und leisten damit einen wichtigen Beitrag für die Zielerfüllung der Agenda 2030. Alle 17 Nachhaltigkeitsziele stehen in Verbindung mit der Arbeit von Bibliotheken.

Der Deutsche Bibliotheksverband e.V. Nachhaltige Bibliotheken:

Education and research are core elements for implementing sustainability goals and creating basic conditions.

ZU's library collects relevant literature for: 

  • Teaching & Studies
  • Research
  • Interested & inquisitive people

Sharing Economy: The sharing of resources (borrowing), has long been anchored in the library world. The creation of a learning place and the access to information sources (knowledge transfer) are essential aspects. In ZU's library holdings, media are collected on focal points and advanced topics. Sustainability has already arrived in numerous areas with topics such as diversity, ethics, equality, sustainability, environmental protection and social responsibility. With the acquisition of new literature, the diversity of the media stock is constantly being expanded.

Search suggestions in the ZU holdings
Mobility Week (EMW)
Search suggestions in the ZU holdings

The examples are listed with German search terms (and a truncation):
Diversität; Ethik; Nachhaltigkeit = Diversity; Ethics; Sustainability.
Sozial; Nachhaltig = Social; Sustainable

Umweltschutz; Unternehmen = Environmental; Corporate

ZU sustainability report in the library collection:
Sustainability Report | On the way to a sustainable university 2021-
Signature: AL 52763 S478 A9-1 and following.

Sustainability Report

View & e-access in OPAC.

In the online catalog (OPAC) you can also search for literature on your own using the search function.

Mobility Week (EMW)

European Mobility Week (EMW) is a recurring, time-limited campaign of the European Commission. Since 2002, the campaign takes place annually from September 16 to 22. At ZU, this is accompanied by actions on sustainable mobility.

The library offers literature on the topic of mobility from our library holdings. The literature is permanently available and will be exhibited on the campaign days if applicable.

Our range of literature on various aspects of mobility, both print and electronic, can be found in our library catalog and our EDS knowledge portal.

Actions of the city of Friedrichshafen


Topics Examples: Autonomous cars, smart city, electromobility

Aspects of ZU Library:


Energy use

  • Lighting with motion detectors in reading rooms and walkways.
  • Still effective: light switches in side rooms.
  • Automatically controlled ventilation in reading rooms.




  • ZU members have 24-hour access to the library.

  • For guests, the library is accessible during service hours.
  • The library team provides assistance with research & media accessibility, among other things.
  • Barrier-free access to all library areas. The library team is happy to assist with additional needs.

  • The library provides access to numerous e-media.
  • The library participates in the interlibrary loan network (giving and taking).

Preservation and expansion of holdings

  • New acquisition: purchase of new and used literature.
  • Preservation and expansion: purchase of print & e-media.
  • Equal consideration of acquisition requests.
  • Use of regional vendors when possible.

On special occasions, books are presented in the library, such as European Mobility Week or Sustainability Week.

According to teaching, research and incoming expressions of interest, there is literature on the topic of "Sustainable Management", "CSR and Value Chain Management" or "Operational Sustainability Performance", to name just a small selection.


Introductory events

Library use, incl. research & information literacy.

Further training courses

Literature research

  • Training courses for ZU students

Interested guests are cordially invited to use our library. If necessary, short individual introductions to the use of the library can be given on site. More

More sustainable topics

Sustainability measures at ZU & contact with Sustainability Management.

  • Sustainability Working Group
  • Research on sustainability topics
  • Student Future Office [Zukunftsbüro]

ZU|kunft nachhaltig gestalten

Student projects at ZU

  • Culture, Media & Communication
  • Politics, Education & Social Affairs
  • Economy & Entrepreneurship
  • Student Startups

Studentische Projekte

Delicious food from the ZU canteen. The Mensa is also open for guests.

| Among other things, attention is paid to regional ingredients as far as possible.

  • Depending on the dish, advance booking may be required

Mensa der ZU (ZF Campus)

Animals sighted around ZU building:
Great Spotted & Green Woodpecker; Red Robin; Deer (male only seen once in many years); Squirrel (brown & black); Brown Hare; Fox; Greenfinch (probably); Cats; various common bird species.

Insects sighted around ZU building:
Bumblebee & ground bumblebee; black ichneumon wasp (female); wasps; hornets; Bees; Ladybugs (seven-spot & sixteen-spot) & Asian [harlequin] ladybug.

Time to decide

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