Marrickville Library nominated for the world Public Library of the Year Award 2021

Friday, 2 July 2021

Marrickville Library has been nominated for the International Public Library of the Year Award 2021.

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has narrowed 32 libraries across the globe down to five nominees in the quest for this year’s winner.

The five finalists competing against Marrickville Library come from Norway, Belgium, China, and Holland.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said that international recognition was the icing on the cake for Marrickville Library which has already won a plethora of national architecture, design and heritage awards in Australia.

“This nomination proves once again just how magnificent the new Marrickville Library is,” Mayor Byrne said.

“It also demonstrates that Marrickville and the People’s Public of the Inner West is firmly on the global map as a great cultural destination. Having been recognised in 2020 as being in the top 10 coolest neighbourhoods in the planet, Marrickville is going from strength to strength.

“This beautiful public facility is in fact more than a library, it’s a new town square for Marrickville which is helping to bring the whole community together.

“Marrickville Library is an inspiring space that has already gained national attention as one of the most stunning architecturally designed libraries in Australia having now won nine national architecture awards, three National Trust heritage awards and a NSW landscaping award.

“It has transformed Marrickville Road and is one of the biggest and best projects in Council’s history,” said Mayor Byrne.

To be eligible for the award, the library must be newly built or located in buildings that have not previously been used as a library.

View images of the other nominated libraries for the Public Library of the Year Award 2021 here.

The award ceremony will be live-streamed on Thursday 19 August, where this year´s winner will be presented by IFLA’s president, Christine Mackenzie.

Nominated libraries are distinguished by their use of sustainable recycled materials, natural daylight incorporated into the buildings, and many other unique architectural details.

The award is presented every year to the world’s best newly built public library that combines functional architecture with creative IT solutions and includes digital development with local culture.

For more information on the award go to: The Public Library of the Year

For more information about Marrickville Library's previous awards go to: New Marrickville Library

Systematic, a company that provides IT solutions for library and learning environments, is the main sponsor of the award, awards the winner 5,000 US dollars prize money.

ENDS

For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath, Media and Communications Coordinator, 9392 5334 or Elizabeth.Heath@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

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