On Tuesday, Helsinki Central Library Oodi was chosen as the winner of the 2019 Public Library of the Year award.
The award was given at the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Greece, Athens.
Espoo City Library and Vantaa City Library will also be awarded in Athens.
The annually presented Public Library of the Year award is presented to a public library that is either newly built or set up in premises not previously used for library purposes. This year, a total of 16 libraries from all over the world applied to be considered for this award.
The award’s sponsor, IT company Systematic, awarded 5,000 US dollars to Oodi.
“Oodi was designed together with customers for a long period of time. We received more than 2,000 ideas from customers to serve as the basis of the architectural competition. ALA Architects designed an amazing and unique building that takes all the elements most desired by customers into account. The customers immediately made Oodi their own, which is our greatest success. The Public Library of the Year award tells us that the world has also taken notice of this,” says Anna-Maria Soininvaara, director of Oodi, in a statement.
In addition, the video “100 Reasons why these Finnish Libraries are the Best in the World,” produced by Espoo City Library, has won the 2019 IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award. The award was presented in Athens on Tuesday.
The participants of the international MetLib conference held in Helsinki in May 2019 voted Espoo’s video as the best among the 10 candidates. The video was produced in honor of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence in 2017.
Watch the video here: