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August 9, 2023

Gabriel García Márquez Library won the IFLA Award
Rotterdam, Netherlands – Three of four libraries shortlisted for the Public Library of the Year Award 2023 by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) were Bibliotheca customers. The finalists were the Shanghai Library East, China; Gabriel García Márquez Library, Spain; and Parramatta Library, Australia. This achievement showcases the company’s commitment to empowering libraries worldwide with innovative and transformative solutions. The “Public Library of the Year” award recognizes libraries that successfully combine open and functional architecture with creative IT solutions, digital developments, and local culture. The award winner, Gabriel García Márquez Library, was revealed during the IFLA WLIC 2023 event in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The library received $5,000 to further enhance its services and facilities.  

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. 

About Bibliotheca

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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