The "Public Library of the Year" award is presented by the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) with the aim of honouring 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 either be newly built, have added a significant extension, or be located in buildings, that have previously been used for non-library purposes.
The award ceremony will take place at the annual IFLA WLIC Congress, which takes place from August 21-25 2023 in Rotterdam. The winner of the award receives $ 5,000. Systematic is the proud main sponsor of the award.
What are the benefits that you, as a library, may gain from participating in the award? Perhaps your institution will receive attention and recognition 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.
Missoula Public Library, United States
“The IFLA/Systematic award has renewed a sense of pride in our community for what can be achieved when we come together in support of a vision. Winning the award has presented us with countless opportunities to continue telling the story of how an investment in world-class design can result in something that both reflects the heart of our community and inspires visitors to see our community in new ways.”
Deichman Bjørvika, Norway
“After being named the Public Library of the Year 2021, we have received positive media coverage as well as increased public awareness and recognition of our new library. We see the award as a brilliant way to promote and acknowledge all the hard work that we have delivered in regard to creating one of the best libraries out there.”
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."
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."