World Science Day for Peace and Development

World Science Day for Peace and Development celebrates the importance of science in international peace efforts and global development. This year’s theme is Building Climate-Ready Communities. This holiday is also a time to honor the importance of environmental justice. Above all, it reminds us of the role of science in advancing the greater good.

Looking for Digital Library Resources?


  • NATO Science for Peace and Security Series
  • System Innovation for Sustainability Series
  • Ethics and Integrity in Health and Life Sciences Research by Zvonimir Koporc
  • Research As Development : Biomedical Research, Ethics, and Collaboration in Sri Lanka by Salla Sariola and Robert Simpson
  • Living Sustainably : What Intentional Communities Can Teach Us About Democracy, Simplicity, and Nonviolence by Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C


  • Toxnet from PubChem
  • GreenFILE
  • Population Index
  • World Bank Data
  • The Earth Institute from Columbia University


  • Ecological Applications
  • Developing World Bioethics
  • Ethics and Information Technology
  • Science & Engineering Ethics
  • Bioethics

Tips for Browsing the Stacks

For anything on science, you’ll be looking for everything under Q. General topics for those with non-STEM backgrounds will be call numbers Q1-295 for concept overviews. The natural sciences start at subclass QB, with physical science ranging from QB-QE and natural science spanning QH-QR. Although psychology is a science which involves aspects of anatomy & physiology, chemistry, and biology- it is considered a social science and classed as BF. If you’re looking for resources focused on psychiatry, definitely check out both sections. Similarly, environmental studies spans both sections. Most books will fall under GE because it is closely related to geography (GA-V).

Selections from the Children’s Section

  • What A Waste! : Where Does Garbage Go? by Claire Eamer
  • Seeds of Change : Planting a Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson
  • Sachiko : A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Barzelay Stelson
  • The Buffalo Are Back by Jean Craighead George
  • Marie Curie : Scientist by Mary Lindeen

Selections from the Social Justice Collection

  • Coalitions across the Class Divide: Lessons from the Labor, Peace, and Environmental Movements by Fred Rose
  • Transforming the Politics of Hunger by David M. Beckmann
  • We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
  • Detroit Lives by Robert H. Mast, editor

In Need of Some Primary Sources?

homepage of the HeinOnline COIVD-19 collection

Find out more from the COVID-19: Pandemics Past and Present Collection from HeinOnline for great resources on the intersection of science and social issues during pandemics. Explore the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons collection from The Wilson Center. Visit the Jane M. Oppenheimer papers collection at the Special Collections of Bryn Mawr College.

Current Resources

Explore the Environmental Racism Collection 2021: Exposure and Health Inequities in Black Americans. Volunteer with the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Watch this interview with Greta Thunberg.

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