The Library is closed due to ongoing flood remediation.
All programs scheduled for this week will be either cancelled or relocated. If you have registered for a class or program this week, you will soon be receiving an email indicating either a change of venue or cancellation notice from the program coordinators.
Please check back soon for more updates. Our digital library is always open.
ESG at NCL
ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) concerns are quite naturally threaded through everything we do. That’s because we define sustainability as the triple bottom line: environmentally sound, socially equitable, economically feasible. Every decision we make—from our new building to our collections, programs, and staff—is made with this in mind.
The stovetop in our Kend Kitchen stays cold to the touch even when set to full heat. It works through electromagnetism: a coil generates a magnetic current that heats any metal container placed on it. This instant, high-precision temperature control is much more efficient and safer than a combustion-based gas stove.
Hidden between the skylights above the Living Room is a row of electric heat pumps that use the gas expansion-compression cycle to generate heated and cooled refrigerant, which is sent as needed to each building zone. Fresh air is supplied through a system that recovers heat and humidity for maximum energy efficiency.