Innovative Public Libraries Acknowledged


EIFL has announced  the names of four winners of their seventh Public Library Innovation Award – for Public libraries contributing to education. The EIFL Public Library Innovation Awards recognize innovative library services that improve lives in their communities. The awards are open to all public and community libraries in developing and transition countries.

The libraries contribute to education of people of all ages – children, youth and adults. They provide support for children attending school, helping them improve in important school subjects, and they provide exciting opportunities for formal and non-formal education for adults.


  • Kenya – ‘Dr Robert Ouko’ Memorial Community Library, for providing children with desperately needed textbooks, literature and reference books through an e-readers programme.
  • Latvia – Pelči Library, whose ‘Little school of local history’ is educating children about history in an exciting way.
  • Mexico – Public Library ‘Victoria Dorantes’ No. 382, whose online education programme is helping to build a positive learning environment in families.
  • Moldova – ‘B. P. Hasdeu’ Municipal Library, which created a dynamic summer learning centre in a city amusement park.

Each winner receives a prize of US$1,500, a certificate and a trophy.Awards will be presented during international library events. We are currently identifying opportunities for award ceremonies.