Awards celebrate Australia’s brightest and best new libraries

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 ALIA Australian Library Design Awards.

These prestigious awards were presented at the 2019 Library Design Awards Conference, as part of the Asia-Pacific Architecture Forum at the State Library of Queensland on 14 March 2019. The winners represent some of the best redesigned and newly built libraries in Australia from July 2016 through to June 2018.

The awards were presented by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, and were for three categories, School Libraries, Public Libraries, and Academic Libraries, as well as a Members’ Choice Award that was decided by ALIA Members.

These awards were judged by a national panel of experts from libraries and design industries. In addition to the publicity and kudos of the award itself, the winners each received a handcrafted trophy designed by award winning artist Kenji Uranishi.


The winners are as follows:

  • ALIA School Library Design Award 2019

Winner Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), Centenary Library 

  • ALIA Academic Library Design Award 2019

Winner Monash University, Caulfield Library 

  • ALIA Public Library Design Award 2019

Winner Shellharbour City Libraries, City Library  

  • ALIA Members’ Choice Library Design Award 2019

Winner Casey Cardinia Libraries, Bunjil Place Library


ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher said, ‘the 2019 ALIA Library Design Awards show, once again, that modern library buildings in Australia are world class. We are fortunate in this country to have forward-thinking library leaders, imaginative architects, and councils, universities and school management bodies committed to innovative design.

‘This results in irresistible buildings that tempt people inside to discover the wonders of library collections, creative spaces, and the programs and services that help make a positive difference to people’s lives and study’.  


The winning libraries received these accolades from the judging panel.

The Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), Centenary Library, was described by the judges as ‘impressive and an excellent fit with its environment. There is good use of natural light and an appropriate distribution of spaces for different activities’.

The Monash University, Caulfield Library, was described by the judges as ‘visually and physically connected with the campus through its glass entrance and western facade with new accessible ground level access for library users. It is a light, safe and secure focal point for campus users, day and night’.

The Shellharbour City Libraries, City Library, was described by the judges as having ‘a long, elegant and sophisticated facade with a design that adheres to a thoroughly confident and well-researched library strategy’.

The Casey Cardinia, Bunjil Place Library, was described by the judges as ‘a visually striking design with a dynamic interplay of different building materials. Superb timber grid shells and ribbons intersect powerfully with glass resulting in a stunning building, constituting a community centrepiece and a vital asset’.

The ALIA Australian Library Design Awards have been developed in the context of other competitions internationally, including the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Library Building Awards and the Danish Agency for Culture Model Programme for Public Libraries Public Library of the Year Award. All the nominees, especially the shortlisted and winning designs, can be seen as case studies in excellent library design for the 21st Century.

The awards were supported by a panel of expert judges; an expert steering committee; our conference speakers; Architecture AU; Raeco; Asia Pacific Architecture Forum; Designing Libraries UK; and the State Library of Queensland.

For more information about the awards, including the full list of shortlisted entries and all nominees, see the website.


About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.

With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.


Karolina Firman, Communications Officer, | 02 6215 8221

Thursday 14 March 2019 4:30pm