January 20, 2022

Demo Project is Turning Dalhousie University’s Unwanted Library Books into Building Materials

From Quill and Quire:

When Nova Scotia builder David Cameron heard that Halifax’s Dalhousie University was running out of space to store more than 50,000 outdated journals and books archived in its libraries, he had an idea.

Books contain cellulose, which Cameron says is a natural insulator that could last “forever.” As an experiment, he took 10,000 volumes and built a seven-foot-high, 20-foot-long wall to insulate part the exterior of the Blockhouse School, an abandoned building on the province’s South Shore that is currently being transformed into amodel project and research centre for sustainable living

The Source Article for Quill and Quire Post: Books and Mortar” 

Stuck somewhere between garbage and recycling, unwanted books make up hundreds of tonnes of waste every year. When Dalhousie University libraries had to unload nearly 50,000 volumes, one man found a textbook solution.

New Life for Old Books from Lighthouse Media Group on Vimeo.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.