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The Sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Hanken library

What Hanken library does for the SDGs

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1. No poverty

  • By sharing and offering information and resources in support of education, the library helps prevent and reduce poverty and social exclusion.
  • The library offers free access to learning materials and provides opportunities for all individual customers to improve their personal development and prosperity.

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3. Good health and wellbeing

  • The library provides safe and pleasant study and meeting spaces, which fosters togetherness and sense of belonging in the learning community.

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4. Quality education

  • Promoting quality education is one of the core tasks of the library, by providing public access to information and knowledge and supporting informed research and decision-making.
  • The library offers study spaces, computers, and literature to support both learning and the creation of new knowledge.
  • The library supports teachers in using and publishing open educational resources (OERs).

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5. Gender equality

  • Everyone is welcome to the library, regardless of who you are or where you come from.

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9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

  • The library offers both on-site and remote services, support, and trainings to its customers.
  • The library collaborates closely within various library networks, both nationally and internationally, to improve the services and support.
  • The library promotes open science practices and infrastructure which promote and enable innovation, dynamic research, and economic cooperation between research and industry.

reduced inequalities

10. Reduced inequalities

  • The value of equality and inclusion lies at the heart of libraries' services and activities. The library helps reduce inequality by ensuring everyone's equitable access to information and to the library's services and facilities. The library is open to both internal customers at Hanken and to the public.
  • The library offers open access to scientific publications, research data, and educational resources, and supports teachers and researchers in reusing and publishing openly accessible research outputs and teaching materials.

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12. Responsible consumption and production

  • The library's services profoundly exemplify and promote the circular economy and sustainable consumption. Our procurements are managed strategically and the library staff ensures that materials are circulated and used in a sustainable way. By borrowing materials and using the library's services, you also contribute to the sharing economy!
  • The library greatly contributes to the recycling and saving of materials, for example, by selling or donating weeded books and reusing office materials such as envelops. Worn furniture in the library is restored.
  • For customers and staff, there is the opportunity for waste sorting, and we remember to turn off the lights after work.
  • The library's open-access e-resources increase accessibility and transparency of research outputs, which prevents and decreases redundancy and duplication costs in research conduction and data production.

partnership for the goals

17. Partnership for the goals

  • The library and library staff participate in both national and international library networks that collaborate in a variety of ways. Customers benefit from these networks, for example, by ordering literature through interlibrary loans.