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National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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.

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. Together, the two organizations are documenting personal stories that demonstrate the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions. Read more

Nominate Your Museum or Library

The nomination period for the 2016 National Medals has closed. Please check back here for updates on next year’s nomination process.

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2016 Medal Winners and Finalists