The "Public Library of the Year" award is presented by the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) with the aim of honoring new public libraries.
The award is presented to a library somewhere in the world that has best managed to combine open and functional architecture with creative IT solutions and has included both digital developments and local culture.
To be eligible for the award, the library must be newly built or located in buildings that have not previously been used as a library.
The award ceremony will take place at the IFLA's annual meeting, and with the award comes $ 5,000. Systematic is the proud main sponsor of the award.
The application deadline is closed
To apply for the award, please complete the full-length application form in English. Due to last year's cancellation of the award, this year's application criteria have been expanded so that public libraries built in both 2019 and 2020 can apply in 2021. Be sure to meet all the criteria to be considered.
The application period runs from 15 February 2021 until 15 May 2021.
The hunt for the next winner of the Public Library of the Year has begun. But what do you as a library get out of being part of it?
Recognition and attention both internationally and locally.
Get to know more about what the previous winners have gained from winning the Public Library of the Year award and thus the title of the world's best, new public library.
Oodi Helsinki Central Library, Finland
"Media coverage has made it clear to the public as well as various decision-makers how important a role libraries play in society. Helsinki residents, the mayor, and other public decision-makers are increasingly proud of their new library because of the award of this award."
School 7, Den Helder, Netherlands
"People from all over the world come to see School 7 with their own eyes. Winning the Public Library of the Year award was a wonderful recognition of our hard work, and it motivates us to continue on the long path. School 7 has become "the city's residence" with many activities dedicated to many different people. Both local and out-of-town visitors come to see School 7, which continues to happen, even months after receiving the award."
Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark
"In press releases, this award is often mentioned as a stamp of positivity. It was an important recognition that made both employees and citizens in Aarhus proud, and which has helped to put libraries on the agenda. There has been great national and international attention around Dokk1, and at the same time, it has been clear that the award was a strong contribution to the narrative of how libraries are developing positively."
Kista Bibliotek, Stockholm, Sweden
"Since 2015, we have had 50,000 more visitors per year. We are still visited by students and companies who are interested in our library and who want more knowledge about how we work. After we won the Public Library of the Year award it became much easier for us to make new contacts and collaborations."
Craigieburn Bibliotek, Hume City, Australia
"The award gives so much international recognition. Winning the opening award of the Public Library of the Year was an extraordinary experience for us at Hume Libraries. It gave us recognition and confirmed that our thoughts on modern public library design are in line with the international expectations in this field."