With generous sponsorship from De Gruyter Brill Publishing, ENSULIB circulated a Call for Submissions for the IFLA Green Library Award for the ninth 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 15 March 2024.

All applications for the Award were initially checked to determine if they were properly prepared and followed the submission guidelines. In the longlist selection, an attempt was made to achieve a geographical balance, in alignment with IFLA objectives and values which include geographical diversity. The selected applications were added to the longlist for further review.

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:

To ENSULIB’s great delight 44 submissions were received from around the world, including Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil (2), China (11), Croatia, Germany (5), Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (2), Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Portugal, Serbia (2), Slovenia (2), Spain (3), Sri Lanka, Thailand (2), Turkey, Ukraine (2), United States of America (2). The full IFLA Green Library Award 2024 nominated longlist appears in two categories listed alphabetically by country below. There are 23 submissions nominated in the 2024 longlist. 

The reviewing process is still in progress. The IFLA Green Library Award 2024 nominated shortlist will be published in May. The winners in the categories “Best Green Library” and “Best Green Library Project” will be announced in October 2024.

Longlist “Best Green Library/Grand-Scale Project

  • China, Taichung:  Taichung Public Library Shang Feng Branch, Butterflies accompany in reading”
  • Croatia, Karlovac: Public library “Ivan Goran Kovačić” Karlovac, Green Library Branch : Green Library Project”
  • Germany, Paderborn: Stadtbibliothek Paderborn, Eden – a sustainable library” 
  • Portugal, Almada: Almada Public Library, GL.A. MOUR- Green Library. Almada-make our utility be real”
  • Spain, Salamanca: Biology Library of the University of Salamanca,Small, but working together it works!”
  • Sri Lanka, Malabe: Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Beyond Books: Innovations in Sustainable Library Design at SLIIT”
  • US, Missoula: Missoula Public Library, Missoula Public Library”

Longlist “Best Green Library Project”

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bijeljina: Public Library Filip Višnjić, In the Garden of Plants and Books”
  • Brazil, Dracena/São Paulo: BPM Professora Nilce Teresinha Arinos de Carvalho, Sustainable fun”
  • Brazil, Hortolândia: Municipal Library Terezinha França de Mendonça Duarte, I Found a Book: Hortolândia”
  • China, Foshan City: Foshan Library, Reading in Green: the intelligent book stacks project”
  • China, Ningbo: University of Nottingham Library Ningbo, Green Horizons: Nurturing a Sustainable Library at University of Nottingham Ningbo China”
  • Germany, Köln/Cologne: Cologne Public Library, Project Floating Green at the Cologne Public Library”
  • Iceland, Akureyri: Amtsbókasafnið – Municipal Library of Akureyri, Library “Freedge”
  • Ireland, Dublin: UCD Library, James Joyce Building, Beyond the Lifecycle: Libraries Supporting the Circular Economy”
  • Serbia, Zrenjanin: City Public Library “Žarko Zrenjanin”, “POET’S ALLEY” PARK
  • Serbia, Pozega: Pozega Public Library, Read Feed Seed @your Green Library”
  • Slovenia, Nova Gorica: France Bevk Public Library Nova Gorica, Guardians of Seeds: Preserving Our Heritage”
  • Spain, Soria: Biblioteca-Centro de Documentación del Centro Internacional de Estudios de Derecho Ambiental, Libraries managing scientific communication: the journal Actualidad Jurídica Ambiental
  • Thailand, Bangkok: National Assembly Library of Thailand (NALT), Ecobricks by NALT”
  • Turkey, Ankara: Uşak Banaz Public Library, Agro Library: From a Consuming Society to a Producing Society”
  • Ukraine, Kyiv: Library at Priorka for children, Ecological space “Green Library”: in search of ecoheroes and a way out of the ecological crisis”
  • US, Los Angeles: Echo Park Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, Wilihala (wildlife habitat LA) Pollinator Garden”