Celebrating 20 Years of the National Medal

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. The winners are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

March 3, 2014 Press Release: Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

February 18, 2014 Press Release: Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 20th Anniversary of National Medal Program

Learn more about the 2013 Winners

May 8, 2013 Press Release: National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Be Awarded Today at White House

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Watch Video Interviews
While they were in Washington for the National medals ceremony, the winning institutions' directors and community members sat down with IMLS for a video interview

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Nominate Your Museum or Library

The nomination deadline for FY 2014 has passed. Last year's nomination instructions and forms are available as a reference.

The nomination deadline for FY 2015 will be October 15, 2014.


Medal Winners and StoryCorps

Beginning with the 2009 awardees, personal stories demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions are being documented through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. Read more

Read more about the National Medal.