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Public Library of the Year Award 2023

What a great IFLA/SYSTEMATIC Public Library of the Year Award it was this year in Rotterdam!

What struck me most about the award ceremony was the diversity between the short listed libraries. The are very different and are all beautiful buildings that serves their communities. I personally think that all the shortlisted libraries are winners. They are all very different and beautiful libraries, and all deserve a visit:

You can find more information about the winning library here: Winner of this year Public Library of the Year (

As a member of the jury and selection committee for the Public Library of the Year Award, what keeps surprising me is the number and quality of global applications: all very different but great examples of what public libraries can be.  You can read more about all 16 of this year’s applicants below (in alphabetical order).

Biblioteca Gabriel García Márquez (Spain)

Biblioteca Pilarin Bayés (Spain)

City of Parramatta Libraries (Australia)

Hamilton Public Library Valley Park Branch (Canada)

Janez Vajkard Valvasor Public Library, Krško (Slovenia)

Jean d’Ormesson Library (France)

JinGang Library (China)

L’Atelier “Léonard de Vinci”, médiathèque-maison de quartier (France)

Dr. José Manuel Álvarez Manilla de la Peña Library, Mexico

Lippulaiva Library (Finland)

Mediateka MeMo (Poland)

Qixi Library (China)

Open Lab, Multimedia Center of National Central Library (Taiwan)

Shanghai Library East (China)

Taoyuan Public Library (Taiwan)

The Community Library Project (India)

Hopefully we will have some great applications from all over the world again next year and another well-deserved winner.

Sander van Kempen
Member of SC Public Libraries and member of the jury of the Public Library of the Year Award.


Zagreb City Libraries won the librarians Oscar for the film on homeless people

Zagreb City Libraries’ short film  What do users say about library services for people experiencing homelessness was announced as the best film at the award ceremony of international competition A Corto di Libri. It also won a prize in the category of the best documentary film on libraries and librarians.

Prizes were awarded at the International Book Fair in Turin on Saturday the 12th of May 2018. The Award Jury comprised experts from the fields of cinematography and librarianship, and was headed by the Italian film critic Fabio Melelli. Authors of the film are librarians Marko Šikić and Sanja Bunić.

More information:

IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award 2018

The IFLA Section on Metropolitan Libraries has the pleasure to announce the 3rd IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award for 2018, sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia and Pikes Peak Library District.

The award is part of A Corto di libri, a contest for short films about libraries and librarians, organized by Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (AIB). The contest has three Sections (Fiction, Documentary and Advertising).

The IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award is given to the best short film about public libraries in large cities and metropolitan areas, among all the submitted films.

Everyone, as an individual or an institution, is eligible to apply.

The short films competing for the 2018 IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will be projected and voted by the participants of the IFLA MetLib Conference in Belgrade, Serbia (May 13-18). In addition, the Chair (or a delegate) of three IFLA Sections (Audiovisual and multimedia, Metropolitan Libraries and Public Libraries) have the right to vote on-line.

The winner of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will receive:
– if a library, € 1,000 as a contribution to travel expenses to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur (August 24-30, 2018);
– if an individual film-maker, € 1,000 in film-making equipment.

The winner will be announced and awarded at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur. An event is planned to be organized at a local public library branch during the Congress.

Read the complete Submission Rules for “A Corto di Libri”.

Applications must be submitted before 28 April 2018 to the following email:

All the infos are here. Contact me or send an e-mail to: