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National Medal for Museum and Library Service

National Medal for Museum and Library Service First Lady Michelle Obama Presents National Medal to Exceptional Museums and Libraries at White House Ceremony

“In many communities our libraries and museums are the places that help young people dream bigger and reach higher for their futures, the places that help new immigrants learn English and apply for citizenship…the places where folks can access a computer and send out a job application so they can get back to work and get back to the important process of supporting their families.”

- First Lady Michelle Obama

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

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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