Could you be a Library of the Year?

Could you be a Library of the Year?

What format will The Bookseller's focus on libraries take?

In July 2018, The Bookseller intends to produce a dedicated Libraries of the Year focus within the pages of the weekly magazine. This coverage will include detailed case studies of how libraries are benefiting their communities up and down the country. It will interview the librarians who are reaching new and reluctant readers. It will discuss how libraries can continue to provide an excellent service on reduced funding.
What are we looking for in The Bookseller's Libraries of the Year?

We are looking for the best libraries in Britain. We want to celebrate libraries that support and foster reading with energy and dedication and which are a vital presence in their local communities. We want to see imaginative ways in which libraries have reached out to users and how they have made the most of resources in the current financial climate. And we also want to see how individual librarians have contributed to their library’s success.
Working in partnership with The Reading Agency, and trying to keep work levels to a minimum for libraries, there are two parts to this. The first phase is to invite very short submissions of a maximum of 300 words from all public libraries and authorities. We know time is at a premium and we just want to get an idea of what your library is doing. In the second phase, The Bookseller will then focus on 10 libraries from the submissions and work with them to produce detailed case studies on each library, asking for more information where they need it. The 10 featured could range from a large metropolitan authority to a tiny local library.
Who can enter?
Individual funded public libraries or a library authority on behalf of its libraries. If you are entering as an authority then you will need to highlight the performance of individual libraries under your management. School, prison, academic or specialist libraries are also eligible.
How can you enter?

Please submit a single PDF containing your written submission of up to 300 words addressing the requirements below, with a maximum of four high res pictures.

Your written submission should include:

  • Evidence of innovations that have improved the public experience of your library, such as author visits, reading schemes, children’s events, homework clubs, working with local festivals or other outreach services. 
  • Evidence of imaginative book purchasing, selection or presentation be that around national initiatives – e.g. The British Book Awards’ Books of the Year, Quick Reads, Man Booker Prize – or local community interests
  •  Evidence of year-on-year performance measures – number of book issues, library visits and library users.

 Applications and any questions should be sent via email to by no later than 12pm on Friday 15th of June. Judging will take place the following week and shortlistees will be notified by no later than 5pm on the 22nd of June.