COP 26


About COP26

Glasgow Libraries are delighted to be supporting the city as it hosts COP26. The summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs (Conference of the Parties). This year will be the 26th annual summit. World leaders and tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, citizens and businesses will gather in Glasgow for twelve days of talks.

Glasgow Libraries have a large range of books on climate change and sustainability which will help you to explore many of the issues. We will also be running events at The Mitchell.

Events at The Mitchell

The Open University and Glasgow City Archives are co-hosting free creative writing workshops open to everyone, focusing on the natural environment and its place in Glasgow. These 'Writing to Save the Planet' workshops are taking place on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 12:30 to 14:30 and Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 12:30 to 14:30. Book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Business & IP Centre’s National Start-Up Day takes place on the 11th November and includes a screening of BIPC Glasgow’s pre-recorded session ‘Making a difference – starting and running a business with environmental impact’ and a networking coffee morning at the Mitchell Library from 10:30. Find out more

After ten years on tour around the UK, Ellie Harrison’s four rotating ‘climate change’ signs are re-united at The Mitchell Library for COP26. These will be on display from 29th October at 5pm until 12th November at 4pm. For more details see our Facebook page.

Borrow ebooks and audiobooks

We have created collections on Climate Change and Sustainability on Overdrive and Libby for Adults and Teens.

There is also a Climate Change collection for Kids.

Borrow books from our Libraries

Browse through a selection of our books on Climate Change and Sustainability or search the online catalogue.

Learn More

The official COP26 website gives details of the COP26 goals, how the summit works and ways to get involved. It has details of the Green Zone which will be open to the public from 1-12 November at the Glasgow Science Centre. This will comprise of events, exhibitions, cultural performances, workshops and talks. These are all free and bookable online. You can attend virtually by subscribing to the COP26 YouTube channel.

Get Ready Glasgow is a one-stop shop for all the information you need to help you prepare for COP26. This includes information on transport and travel options, the COVID measures at COP26 and advice on how to get businesses ready.

National Galleries Scotland and the National Library of Scotland are inviting you to respond creatively to works from the national collections to visualise how Scotland has been and will continue to be impacted by climate change, unless decisive action is taken. Preserving Pasts, Imagining Futures invites your responses by the end of COP26 on Friday 12th November to objects and artworks that depict five landscapes across Scotland.  All areas selected are already being impacted by a multitude of interwoven climate change factors, affecting communities and environments.

The National Library of Scotland also has a new touring film 'Living Proof' that explores our historic relationship to the causes of the climate crisis. This feature length film is showing at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Wednesday 3rd November (see GFT website for ticket prices). 

National Museums Scotland are running an exhibition 'Scotland's Climate Challenge' from 24th Sept 2021 - 27th March 2022 which explores Scottish innovations looking to reduce our impact on the climate.

Free Digital Books for COP26

Fancy free access to 156 fully-searchable digital books on sustainability and climate change? Then it's your lucky month! The Exact Editions COP26 Virtual Book Showcase is now live online in support of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. Find the showcase at this link until the end of 22nd November and be sure to share your thoughts on Twitter using #PublishersForThePlanet. Happy reading everyone!

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