Frequently Asked Questions


Does my Library have to be a member of IFLA to enter the Public Library of the Year Awards?

No, entry is open to any public library that is either newly built or established in premises that have not previously been used for libraries and has have been completed and opened in the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. It is not necessary for the Library to be a member of IFLA (though you might like to consider joining!)

Does it cost anything to enter?

No, entry is free but please ensure that you complete the application in full to be considered for the Award.

Is the Award only open to Public Libraries?

We know that everyone would love to be involved but at this stage these Awards are only for Public Libraries

When do Nominations close?

Nominations close on 15 April 2020. No late entries will be accepted.

Who Judges the Awards?

The jury comprises representatives from the three IFLA Sections who have partnered with our sponsors, Systematic, to deliver these awards. They are: IFLA's Public Libraries, Metropolitan Libraries and Library Buildings and Equipment Sections. Jury members have great experience in the public library and architectural environment and are geographically dispersed.

When will the Award be Announced and Presented?

It will be announced as part of the Public Library of the Year Session at the IFLA WLIC in Dublin, Ireland. This session is set for August 2020 (day TBC). Finalists will be advised.

Tell me more about the Award?

Our sponsor, Systematic, will give $USD 5,000 in prize money to the winning library. Short listed libraries (4) will receive a certificate.

Is any financial support provided for the winner to attend the IFLA WLIC in Athens?

The winning library may decide to use the prize money of $US towards their travel to IFLA WLIC 2020 in Dublin.

How do I enter?

Use the online application form to enter. 

Last update: 5 February 2020