Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark, the previous winner of the award.

First offered in 2014 the Award is a wonderful opportunity to showcase new public library buildings and associated programs, and consider their impact on the community.

The award is presented to a library anywhere in the world that best combines open, functional architecture with creative IT solutions and also takes into account both digital developments and local culture. To qualify, the library must be newly built or housed in buildings not previously used as a library. This means that it must have been completed between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2017. Applications close on 15 May 2018.

The award will be presented at the IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur this August and is accompanied by a USD 5,000 prize.

The nominated libraries are evaluated in relation to six distinct criteria, which include the extent to which the library takes into account new digital developments, involvement with local culture, sustainability and the wishes and needs of the community.