Sustainability Efforts at Shorewood Library

Being environmentally conscious is important to us.


Phenol-Free Receipt Paper

In 2019, Milwaukee County's public libraries committed to using phenol-free thermal receipt paper thanks to the efforts of the Village of Shorewood Conservation Committee and Shorewood Public Library.

Public libraries use thermal receipt paper for due date receipts, fine statements, hold shelf slips, and more. Thermal receipt paper is one of the primary uses of Bisphenol-S (BPS), a known hormone disruptor with negative consequences for the endocrine and reproductive systems. BPS is transferred to skin through touching this paper, and is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Shorewood Public Library is proud to have been part of this county-wide effort at making our libraries safer for patrons, staff and the environment.

Bring Your Bag Shorewood Partnership

Shorewood's Bring Your Bag group is committed to reducing the use of plastic bags in our community. Shorewood Public Library is a host location for a rack of reusable bags made by the Bring Your Bag volunteers. The bag rack was specially built for the library by the Milwaukee Craft Guild, a group of local craftspeople.