National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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.

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners!

screenshot from videoWatch Video About the Winners
Produced for IMLS by HISTORY, this video honors the 2015 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Running time: 6:49. Read transcript (PDF, 20KB)


Nominate Your Museum or Library

The next deadline for nominations is October 1, 2015. 

The nomination forms and instructions for this deadline are currently available.

Nominate your museum or library now!


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cover of 2015 brochureRead the Brochure
(PDF, 1.5MB)

April 21, 2015 Press Release: Recipients of Nation’s Highest Museum and Library Honor Announced

February 24, 2015 Press Release: Thirty Museums and Libraries Tapped as Finalists for National Medal


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

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