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A green or sustainable library seeks to maximize the use of natural and renewable resources. The adoption of green practices in libraries of developing countries like Pakistan is much needed where water and energy resources are scarce and unsustainable. This move from conventional to green libraries also poses certain challenges. This study aims to explore the challenges encountered in the adoption of green library practices in the university libraries of Pakistan. The scholarly literature is reviewed to encompass the dimensions and challenges of a green library in the global context. The feedback from the selected, senior university librarians of Pakistan regarding challenges and their solutions in adopting green library practices is collected through interviews. These challenges include a lack of awareness about green libraries and practices, policy for green libraries, technologies for a paperless environment, awareness regarding the use of natural construction materials and biodegradable products, awareness regarding the use of natural and renewable energy sources, and seriousness of librarians and management. The experts also suggest required skills and resources to overcome these challenges comprising knowledge about green libraries and practices, paperless environment, space management, solar panels, glass windows, skills regarding the use of renewable energy sources, and the ability to find out the environmental impact of a resource. This study may also be useful for libraries in other developing countries.