August 9, 2023
About the IFLA finalists
Gabriel García Márquez Library, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona celebrates Gabriel García Márquez’s legacy with Gabriel García Márquez Library, a 4,000 sqm timber-framed library dedicated to Latin American literature. It features stacked book blocks and captivating voids, offering an ascending route through a triangular courtyard.
The library hosts an auditorium, cooking space, and “Radio Maconda,” a literary gem in Barcelona’s cultural landscape. Named after the late Nobel laureate, the library signifies the city’s role in Latin American literature. With a collection of 40,000 documents, it continues the city’s long-standing commitment to literary culture and alternative publishers.
City of Parramatta Library, Australia
Parramatta Library at PHIVE is a vibrant, sustainable hub in Sydney’s Parramatta. The modern library boasts a striking red roof and welcoming design. It focuses on sustainability, accessibility, and inclusiveness, hosting meetups and exhibitions.
Recognized for its functional architecture and IT solutions, it celebrates local stories with over 65,000 books and creative spaces. Overlooking Parramatta Square, PHIVE sets new standards as a carbon-neutral building.
Shanghai Library East, China
This library is a grand symbol of Pudong’s splendor, covering 115,000 square meters. Its monumental shape pays homage to Taihu stone, with literary references etched onto its glass facade. The interiors offer flexible spaces, including a theatre and exhibition area, with warm tones welcoming visitors.
With over 57 million items, this nine-floor structure is a fusion of art, culture, and technology-driven learning. Bibliotheca’s self-service solutions and automated system enable efficient operations, serving 4 million patrons annually.
Bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of innovative technologies and library management solutions that help sustain and grow libraries around the world. Bibliotheca reimagines how libraries function, using integrated technology to inspire and delight all kinds of people, wherever they are: at home, on the move, or within the library walls.
Bibliotheca employs 400 people across 21 countries, partnering with 30,000 libraries to make the library experience—physical and digital—seamless, intuitive and inclusive.
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