FAQ

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Does my library have to be a member of IFLA to be considered for the Public Library of the Year awards?

No, entry is open to any public library that is either newly built or established in premises that have not previously been used for libraries, and has have been completed and opened in the period from January 1st 2019 to December 31st 2019. Your library does not have to be a member of IFLA (though you might like to consider joining!).

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Does it cost anything to enter?

No, entry is free. Please make sure you complete the application in full in order to be considered.

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Is the award only open to public libraries?

We know that everyone would love to be involved, but at this stage these awards are only for public libraries.

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When do nominations close?

Nominations close on May 1st 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.

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Who judges the awards?

The jury comprises representatives from the 3 IFLA sections – Public Libraries, Metropolitan Libraries and Library Buildings and Equipment – that have partnered with our sponsors, Systematic, to deliver these awards. Jury members have considerable experience in the public library and architectural environment, and come from many different countries.

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When will the 2020 award winner be announced?

The winner will be announced as part of the Public Library of the Year session at the IFLA WLIC 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. Exact date for the presentation ceremony will be announced in spring 2020. Finalists will be advised.

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What is the prize?

Systematic provides USD 5,000 in prize money to the winning library. The short-listed libraries will receive a certificate.

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Is any financial support provided for the winner to attend the IFLA WLIC in Athens?

The winning library may decide to use the prize money towards their travel costs to IFLA WLIC 2020 in Dublin.

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What language should the application be submitted in?

All applications needs to be written in English. If you are not able to write in English yourself, then please have an agency translate it before applying. 

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