You don’t need a good-looking building to deliver a great library experience, but a fabulous building certainly attracts attention.

The 33 entrants in ALIA’s inaugural Library Design Awards, presented earlier this year, all reported a significant increase in membership and usage. And when you have an outstanding building, it also raises the profile of the library within its school, community, campus or organisation. Indeed, it was the PR value of library design that underpinned ALIA’s decision to launch this new awards program.