The prestigious Public Library of the Year Award is presented to the best new public library anywhere in the world in terms of focus on user wishes, local culture and digital development. The award is backed by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and Systematic, and generates recognition and awareness that are both international and local.

Those are just some of the benefits emphasised by the previous winners. 

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Public Library of the Year 2019, Oodi Helsinki Central Library, Finland
"It showed the people of Helsinki and Finland, media and decision makers alike, the important role libraries play in society"

Public Library of the Year 2018, School 7, Den Helder, The Nederlands
"People from all over the world come to see School 7 with their own eyes'

Public Library of the Year 2016, Dokk1, Aarhus Municipality, Denmark
"The award is often mentioned as a 'mark of regcognition' in media mentions'

Public Library of the Year 2015, Kista Library, Stockholm, Sweden 
"Since 2015, we have had 50,000 more visitors per year"

Public Library of the Year 2014, Craigieburn Library, Hume City, Australia
"The award provides so much international recognition"