Looking back at the IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year Award 2021
22 September 2021
What a great Public Library of the Year Award it was this year! And what a great winner Deichman, Public Library in Oslo is. The building looks fabulous and I cannot wait to see it in real life. 😉
I am part of the jury as well as part of the IFLA SC public libraries and found it very tough to choose a winner. I think the entire short listed libraries are winners. They are all very different and beautiful libraries and all deserve a visit. But the short list are only the top five, who are the other libraries that have applied? As you can see below I have listed most of this year´s applying libraries for the prestigious award. Our short list of the top five is listed below. You can also find out more about the short list on the Systematic website.
- Deichman Bjørvika, Oslo Public Library (Norway)
- Forum Groningen (The Netherlands)
- Marrickville Library (Australia)
- Het Predikheren (Belgium)
- Ningbo New Library (China)
The videos they provided and were shared as part of the WLIC conference really gave a great and inspiring insight in the buildings, the services and the atmosphere. Do you want to learn more about these five libraries? We are planning a webinar, hopefully, with all five libraries where you can meet them us close and personal and ask that one question….. So save the date: 24 November!
It gave me a lot of energy to be part of the process and I look forward to next years award. As you may know there were a total of 32 libraries from 21 countries that applied to the public library of the year award 2020-2021 and if you think the short list consists of different libraries, think again!
I wanted to share the entire list of applicants for the award because there are many other fascinating libraries that deserve the recognition. Unfortunately I did not get permission from all 32 libraries to include them in this below, so see below the list of 21 applications of the award in alphabetical order.
|Art Library of Uijeongbu||Republic of Korea|
|“BIOTEKA” – Branch of Municipal Public Library in Lublin||Poland|
|Batman Sehit Senay Aybuke Yalcin Public Library||Turkey|
|Čačak Public Library||Serbia|
|Deichman Bjørvika/Oslo Main Public Library||Norway|
|Forum Groningen||The Netherlands|
|House of Wisdom||United Arab Emirates|
|Inner West Libraries – Marrickville Library||Australia|
|Kirkkonummi Library Building Fyyri||Finland|
|Library @ the Lightbox||United Kingdom|
|Library@harbourfront||Republic of Singapore|
|Municipal Library of Pisek||Czech Republic|
|Riverview Public Library||United States|
|Springvale Library at the Springvale Community Hub||Australia|
|Ulbroka Public Library||Latvia|
I look forward to the upcoming webinar and the award ceremony in Dublin next year. Hopefully we will have some great applications from all over the world again and a much deserved winner.
Sander van Kempen
Member of SC Public Libraries and member of the jury of the Public Library of the Year Award.