Gradska knjižnica Rijeka (GKR – Rijeka City Library) is one of the key cultural institutions of the City of Rijeka, that in the period from 2018 until 2022 is to enter the cycle of immense transformation processes that would result with the most complicated development changes in the history of the Library, as well as culture in Rijeka generally. Incoming infrastructural changes (2020 – 2021) with a new and the first in the history of Rijeka, the central building of Rijeka City Library and new premises of the Children’s Department in the Children’s House and all the programs with the European dimension, because Rijeka has won the title of European City of Culture 2020, require modern, dynamic, professionally devoted environment in the institution with staff ready to include good European practice and new methods in everyday library activities.
At the same time, Rijeka City Library wants to join positive and attractive European examples in which culture, knowledge and creativity are the foundation of metamorphosis of the former traditional industrial centres in sustainable, attractive and comfortable places of living. Through the process of design thinking among librarians of the Rijeka City Library it has been recognized that going green and sustainable is a path that should be taken and developed. In order to do so we wish to learn from the best European practices.
Aiming to provide excellent contemporary services and to became green and sustainable library, 8 librarians will visit different European libraries in Slovenia and Lithuania for job shadowing practice in the fields of innovative services particularly regarding the sustainable environment and green libraries. Best practices will be implemented in regular work aimed towards traditional and central services and introduction of innovative programs and practice in Rijeka City Library. Sharing the information about good practice will be organized among professionals in Primorsko-goranska County and among Croatian librarians during the Let’s Go Green Conference. Furthermore, Rijeka City Library is going to be a host of the next international Let’s Go Green Conference held in Croatia where green library projects as well as other green and sustainable themes will be presented.
The infrastructural changes of Rijeka City Library mentioned above will open a new page in the history of the Rijeka City Library responding to contemporary needs of developing sustainable environment in the new library building. Information, cultural, educational and recreational citizens’ needs in analogy with dynamic social, technological, economical, and cultural processes are changing the role of the library and Rijeka City Library wants to take active part in preserving our environmental potential and rising conscience among common citizens by strengthening and motivating young librarians to introduce innovative services and sustainable practice, developing