Examining Sustainability at Barnard Main MenuAbout This ProjectDescription of the project and DHC summer cohortAbout UsWhat is a circular economy?Implementing Circular Campus at BarnardBibliographyElizabeth Burton8109d7a05a4f648e5b14560bf733bdfa36f4aa14Gabriela Arredondo6ee8b73e67faec6b1d9bcc600b38c7c0b5a7bd63Miranda Jones-Davidis80b931b2877ba3bfba1cbdcd0157055dbef60b56
12020-06-25T19:47:31+00:00Books at Barnard9How books are used on Barnard's campusimage_header2020-06-30T01:18:47+00:00
Books circulating in the Barnard community
Checking out books
At Barnard, students can access a physical copy of Race After Technology by using the Course Reserves. This text is also available in an online format and at Columbia libraries. If a student wants or needs a physical copy, and the copies at Barnard and Columbia are unavailable, they would also have the option of using BorrowDirect or Interlibrary Loan to have the book sent from a peer institution. Of course, this would require additional transportation to have the book shipped from another institution.
Students check out books from the circulation desk on the second level of Milstein. The people who work at circulation are either library staff or student workers. Fortunately, the working conditions of the Milstein Center are much better than those at other steps of this process, however, it is crucial to note that the majority of student workers are low-income students on Federal Work Study. More often than not, only working in a position like this because their financial situation and aid package requires it. While student workers receive compensation/payment for their work, the additional stresses of having a campus job (or jobs) makes the student experience at Barnard, or any school, unequal.
Handling used books
Community members will donate their old books to the FLIP library so that other students can use them for their own courses. Students have to purchase many, many books that they only use for one class or one semester, and having the option to donate these books to FLIP not only reduces waste, but allows for low-income students to access course materials free of charge.
When College-owned books need repairs, the library will typically pay to repair the books. If the library chooses not to, or can not spend the money, they send the book to Betterworld Books, which is a company that sells used books and gives money to libraries. If the book is beyond repair, then Barnard recycles it.