Ningbo New Library, finalist of 2021 "Public Library of the Year"
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects' first completed library project in China—Ningbo New Library, is China's first library to be nominated for International Federation of Library Associations' (IFLA) "Public Library of the Year"!
This is the third time the work of SHL has been nominated for "Public Library of the Year" by IFLA! In 2016, SHL's Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark won the award; In 2019, Tūranga, Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand, was nominated; this year, the Ningbo New Library won the favor of the judges again!
Dokk1, winner of 2016 "Public Library of the Year"
Christchurch Central Library, finalist of 2019 "Public Library of the Year"
2021 国际图联“年度最佳公共图书馆”大奖的竞争尤为激烈。受疫情影响，国际图联取消了2020年“年度最佳公共图书馆”大奖的评选。因此，今年的候选项目从2019和2020两年内建成的公共图书馆中提名，来自全球21个国家的32家图书馆参与了这场激烈的角逐。一同入围的图书馆还包括澳大利亚的Marrickville图书馆、挪威奥斯陆公共图书馆、比利时Het Predikheren图书馆以及荷兰的Forum Groningen图书馆。
2021 IFLA "Public Library of the Year" award is exceptionally competitive. Affected by the epidemic, IFLA cancelled the award in 2020. This year, IFLA celebrates libraries built both in 2019 and 2020. The jury has narrowed 32 libraries down to five nominees in the quest for this year's winner. The other four finalists come from very different parts of the world, including Marrickville Library (Australia), Oslo Public Library (Norway), Het Predikheren (Belgium), Forum Groningen (Holland). Nominated libraries are distinguished by sustainable recycling of materials, natural daylight incorporated into the buildings, and many unique, architectural details. The winner will be announced in August 2021.
Other finalists of 2021 "Public Library of the Year"
Nominated libraries are distinguished by sustainable recycling of materials, natural daylight incorporated into the buildings, and many unique, architectural details. The winner will be announced in August 2021.
Ningbo New Library—Atrium
About Ningbo New Library
The 31800-square-meter Ningbo New Library includes about 1.5 million books, 3.5 million electronic books, 1800 seats, and 2000 network nodes. We also introduced a series of new functions—outdoor terrace, lecture hall, art space, music classroom, multi-media room, recording room, makerspace, cafe, etc. Consequently, it promotes and supports a vision of socially oriented development.
From its opening to January 2021, the library had received nearly 1.8 million readers. In March 2020, Ningbo Library was awarded the 2019 Starred Library of Promoting Reading by the Library Society of China.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession, aiming to promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services, and encourage widespread understanding of the value of good library & information services.
The "Public Library of the Year" award is presented by the IFLA with the aim of honoring new public libraries—to a library somewhere in the world that has best managed to combine open and functional architecture with creative IT solutions and has included both digital developments and local culture.