The “Systematic - Public Library of the Year” award is sponsored by Systematic, and celebrates the public libraries that manage to think in terms of creative IT solutions for use in in libraries.

The award is presented to a library anywhere in the world that best combines open, functional architecture with creative IT solutions and also takes into account both digital developments and local culture. To qualify, the library must be newly built or housed in buildings that have not previously been used as a library. 

The award is administered by Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen (the Agency for Culture and Palaces) in Denmark, in collaboration with Systematic and the Public Libraries section of The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

The award is presented at the IFLA annual meeting and is accompanied by a USD 5,000 prize. The award was first presented in 2014, and in 2015 it was won by Kista library in Stockholm municipality in Sweden. In 2016 the winner was Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark.

The award is part of the joint development project run by the Agency for Culture and Palaces and Realdania, entitled “Model Programme for Public Libraries”.

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Read more about the nominees, jury and the library of the future on the Model Programme website.

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