Each year, select museums and libraries with outstanding records of community service receive the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. IMLS signed a cooperative agreement with StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. Beginning with the 2009 awardees, StoryCorps began collecting personal stories demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions.


2014 National Medal Winner Octavia Fellin Public Library


Photo of Juan Delgado and Emerald Tanner

Juan Delgado and Emerald Tanner

Come August, I start to grow my beard….”


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National Medal for Museum and Library Service