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National Medal for Museum and Library Service

National Medal

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 Now Open

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting nominations for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor awarded to libraries and museums for service to their communities. Submissions are due by November 2, 2020.

Visit the Nomination Page

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.

Events/Webinars

September 25, 2020 12:00 PM ET to 11:59 PM ET
May 24, 2018 9:30 AM ET to 3:00 PM ET