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National Medal for Museum and Library Service
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Since 1994, IMLS has presented the award to institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to community service.
2019 National Medal Finalists
The 2019 National Medal Finalists were announced on March 11, 2019.
National Medal Winners and StoryCorps
Through a cooperative agreement, IMLS is working with StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. StoryCorps visits the Medal winning institutions to document personal stories that demonstrate how these libraries and museums are making a difference in their communities. Read more
Nominate Your Museum or Library
Anyone may nominate a museum or library for the National Medal. IMLS will begin accepting nominations for 2019 in July 2018, and the deadline will be October 1, 2018. Learn more about eligibility and the nomination and selection process.
2018 National Medal Winners
The 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners provide dynamic programming, services, and community outreach that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive.