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.
Nominations Open for the 2023 National Medal
The window for museum and library nominations for the 2023 National Medal for Museum and Library Service is now open through November 1, 2022. Read the press release and apply now.
2022 National Medal Winners Announced
The six recipients of the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service were announced on June 7, 2022. These winners represent institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service. Read the press release.
The 30 finalists for the 2022 Medals were announced on April 7.
2022 Virtual Award Ceremony
Celebrating the excellence of America's museums and libraries! Watch the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Virtual Award Ceremony.
Celebrating 25 Years of National Medals
For more National Medals videos, view the playlist on the IMLS YouTube channel.
View Past Medal Recipients
Learn more about the museums and libraries who have previously been selected to receive a National Medal.