With generous sponsorship from De Gruyter Publishing (Boston/Berlin), ENSULIB circulated a Call for Submissions for the IFLA Green Library Award for the seventh year in a row. Any type of green library or any outstanding green library project, initiative or idea was invited to apply for the IFLA Green Library Award. Libraries with a small budget but a great impact were explicitly invited to participate in the competition. Deadline for submissions was 14 March 2022.

All submitted applications received by ENSULIB were first checked to determine if they were properly prepared and followed the guidelines for submissions. In the selection, an attempt was also made to achieve a geographical balance, following general IFLA requirements, aims and values which include geographical diversity. The selected applications were added to the longlist to be reviewed.

The quality and relevance of the project, initiative or idea will now be evaluated by the international ENSULIB Award Reviewing Committee, following the IFLA Green Library Award Criteria, in terms of:

To ENSULIB’s great delight, despite the global pandemic and its massive impact on libraries 30 submissions were received from around the world, including Argentina (2), Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Colombia (5), Croatia (2), Czech Republic (2), France (3), India, Italy (2), Norway, Poland, Russia (3), Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and United States of America (2). See the full IFLA Green Library Award 2022 nominated longlist in two categories listed alphabetically by country below.

The reviewing process is still in progress. The IFLA Green Library Award 2022 nominated shortlist will be published in May. The two finalists of the IFLA Green Library Award 2022 in the categories “Best Green Library” and “Best Green Library Project” will be announced during the WLIC ENSULIB Satellite Meeting 22/23 July 2022 in Cork, Ireland.


Longlist “Best Green Library”

  • Argentina, Buenos Aires, Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación – Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación Argentina: Proyectos verdes
  • Bulgaria, Burgas, Regional Library “P. K. Yavorov” –“Communal BiblioBurgas“
  • Colombia, Atánquez, Biblioteca Publica Kankuaka – The Protecting Library of the Heart of the World
  • Colombia, Cali 3, La Leonera Cultural Center Public Library – La Leonera Cultural Center Public Library 2022
  • Czech Rep., Žižkova, Krajská knihovna Vysočiny – The Regional Library of Highlands
  • France, Meuzac, Intercommunal Media Library and archives of Père Castor – Protect and develop “realness poetry, wonder of nature”
  • Singapore, National Library Board, Singapore –Revamp of Choa Chu Kang Public Library
  • Spain, Barcelona, Collserola – Josep Miracle Library – Biblionatura Collserola Library. A green proposal in the City of Barcelona
  • USA, Boston, MA, Valente Branch Library, Cambridge Public Library – Valente Branch

Longlist “Best Green Library Project”

  • Belgium, Jette, BiblioJette and BibJette – Adopt a plant at your public library: the Plantotek project
  • Colombia, Cali 2, Comuna 1 Cultural Center Public Library – Library Project The Neighborhood Path
  • Czech Rep., Praha, Sustainability in Libraries Initiative – Sustainability in Libraries
  • France, Paris, Médiathèque de la Canopée-la fontaine, Paris – La Médiathèque de la Canopée : a pilot library for sustainable development for the Parisian network
  • France, TOURC’H, Médiathèque Mouezh ar gallon – A shared garden library to develop biodiversity
  • Italy, Milan, Bocconi Library&Archives – Pick your goal!
  • Norway, Lier, Lier bibliotek – The fish that take root
  • Poland, Olsztyn, University Library of the University of Warmia and Mazury
  • Sweden, Malmö, Garaget – Gröna Biblioteket : Green Library project in Malmö
  • USA, Poughkeepsie NY, Mid-Hudson Library System – The Library of Local