ten exciting innovation award calls launched since 2011
The EIFL Public Library Innovation Awards are open to all public and community libraries in developing and transition countries. The calls highlight important community development issues.
Winners receive a prize of US$1,500, a trophy, a certificate, and publicity through EIFL’s website and wide network of contacts.
Since 2011, EIFL has completed nine exciting innovation award calls and announced the names of 33 winners in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Our 10th call is now open for applications - so apply now for the EIFL Public Library Innovation Award for Public libraries Improving People's Lives. The deadline for applications is 27 January 2017.
Meet the winners of pAST awards
Public libraries contributing to community economic wellbeing
- Chile – Public Library No. 56 El Bollenar increases women’s design skills and handicraft sales
- Nepal – Agyauli Community Library and Resource Centre improves farmers livelihoods
- Serbia – Belgrade City Library helps people understand and manage their money
- St Lucia – Micoud Public Library, whose computer and job-seeking skills training programme is building young people’s confidence to seek work.
- Uganda – Kawempe Youth Centre (KYC) inspires young entrepreneurs to start businesses
Public libraries contributing to community health
- Romania – ‘Gh. Asachi’ County Library Iași, lifesaving First Aid and health education programme
- Uganda – Hoima Public Library – e-health corner battles life-threatening diseases
Public libraries contributing to social inclusion in the community
- Colombia – Public Library ‘Fernando Gómez Martinez’, combating stigma against people living with disability
- Croatia – ‘Fran Galovic’ Public Library, building trust between Roma and Croatian children
- Poland – Twardogóra Public Library, bringing seniors into the internet era
- Uganda – Kitengesa Community Library, including the deaf among those who hear
- Ukraine – Luhansk Region Universal Scientific Library named after A. N. Gorky, reaching out to people living with disability
Public libraries contributing to open government
- Lithuania – Šiauliai County ‘Povilas Visinkis’ Public Library, e-government training programme creates dialogue between citizens and officials
- Moldova – Public Law Library ‘B. P. Hasdeu’ Municipal Library, online legal database which provides free public access to decisions of the Chisinau Municipal Council
- Ukraine – Central Library 'M. L. Kropyvnytskyi' and the Mykolaiv Centralized Library System for Adults, Citizen Service Centres promote interaction between citizens and local government officials
Public libraries empowering women and girls
- Guatemala – Rija’tzuul Na’ooj Library in San Juan la Laguna, empowering talented women weavers
- Nepal – READ Information and Resource Centre in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, empowering women slum-dwellers to find jobs and start small businesses.
Creative use of ICT in public libraries
- Colombia – Public Library San Javier-La Loma’s mapping project makes their community visible online
- Croatia – Rijeka City Library’s interactive online magazine inspires young writers and artists
- Estonia – Tallinn Central Library, pioneering e-book lending service in Estonia
- Kenya – Kenya National Library Service: two public library children's programmes use ICT to support education in remote areas: Kisumu and Buruburu
- Poland – Olsztyn Municipal Public Library’s ICT laboratory enables people to compose music, produce movies, make moving robots, and much more
- Romania – Pietrari Local Public Library helps overweight members of their community get back in shape
Public libraries contributing to education
- Cameroon – ‘Cercle de lecture et d’animation culturelle’ (CLAC), whose mobile library service offers online mathematics and computer coding classes to under-resourced schools
- Kenya – ‘Dr Robert Ouko’ Memorial Community Library, for providing children with desperately needed textbooks, literature and reference books through an e-readers programme
- Latvia – Pelči Library, whose ‘Little school of local history’ is educating children about history in an exciting way
- Lithuania – Kaunas Municipal ‘Vincas Kudirka’ Public Library which provides a dynamic and practical electronics, 3D design and computer coding education programme to motivate young people to take up careers in technology and engineering
- Mexico – Public Library ‘Victoria Dorantes’ No. 382, whose online education programme is helping to build a positive learning environment in families
- Moldova – ‘B. P. Hasdeu’ Municipal Library, which has created a dynamic summer learning centre in a city amusement park
- Poland – Cyberiada public library, which has inspired children to take action to protect the environment through their environmental education service
Public libraries contributing to literacy
- Colombia – Biblioteca Oasis del Saber, which offers an intensive 10-month literacy course that is transforming the lives of teenagers and adults
- Ukraine – Lviv Regional Children's Library, which uses a computer game to teach children and adults to read and write using the Ukrainian alphabet