San Francisco Public Library

Environmental Center Collection

Part of the Government Information Center, The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center Collection, named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, seeks to inspire understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of life on earth.

The collection contains literature concerned with core environmental issues, including but not limited to: the understanding of natural environmental systems, natural resources, nature and nature writing, appreciation of the natural world, biodiversity, sustainability, environmental movements, conservation strategies, environmental innovation, consumer awareness, directories of "green" companies, business techniques, local resources, political activism, environmental decision making and public policy, toxicology, hazardous waste handling, waste management and pollution.

The selection of environmental periodicals meets the need for reliable current information. The collection is closely linked to the Library's collection of federal, state and local government documents, which include numerous proceedings, hearings, reports and informational series on environmental topics.

The Center's collection is geared towards the interested layperson, consumers, environmentalists, students and scholars. The collection is weeded continuously to reflect new ideas, trends and evolving technologies.