Five innovative libraries nominated for the Public Library of the Year award 2021
For the sixth time, Systematic and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) presents the Public Library of the Year Award, honouring new, innovative public libraries. The jury has narrowed 32 libraries down to five nominees in the quest for this year’s winner.
The Public Library of the Year award is presented every year to the world’s best public library – a newly built public library that combines functional architecture with creative IT solutions and includes digital development with local culture. Systematic is the main sponsor of the award, which comes with 5,000 US dollars, corresponding to more than 4,200 Euros.
An international jury of IFLA members chooses the nominated libraries.
This year, the five finalists come from very different parts of the world:
- Marrickville Library, Australia
- Deichman Bjørvika - Oslo Public Library, Norway
- Het Predikheren, Belgium
- Ningbo New Library, China
- Forum Groningen, Holland
The nominated libraries are distinguished by sustainable recycling of materials, natural daylight incorporated into the buildings, and many unique, architectural details.
Past Public Libraries of the Year:
2019: Oodi, Helsinki Central Library, Finland
2018: KopGroep Bibliotheken (School 7), Holland
2016: Dokk1, Denmark
2015: Kista Public Library, Sweden
2014: Craigieburn Library, Australia
Last update: 5 July 2021