Missoula Public Library shortlisted for international award

The Missoula Public Library’s innovative approach to literacy landed it on the short list for the Public Library of the Year award from the International Federation of Library Associations.

Missoula’s new library is one of four libraries worldwide on the short list for this year’s award.

Three other libraries from Denmark, Latvia and Saudi Arabia join Missoula on the short list.

“I think it’s an incredible honor,” said library spokesman Karl Olson.

The nomination to the Public Library of the Year short list comes roughly a year after the Missoula Public Library opened last summer. Construction on the library started in 2018.

Local firm A&E Architects partnered with Minneapolis-based MSR Design on the library project.

“I do consider it a point of pride for the community,” Olson said. “It was a community effort…so many people came together in support of it.”

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Olson highlighted the public-private partnership that funded the library’s construction as a defining feature of the project.

He also said the IFLA appreciated the Missoula Public Library’s commitment to encouraging diverse forms of literacy.

The award goes to “a newly built public library that features open and functional architecture and creative technology solutions, all

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