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National Medal for Museum and Library Service

National Medal

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service honors outstanding libraries and museums that contribute significantly to the wellbeing of 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. With visits to the Medal winning institutions, StoryCorps documents personal stories that demonstrate the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions. Read more

2017 National Medal Winners

2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners

Nominate Your Museum or Library

The deadline for the 2018 National Medals is October 2, 2017. Deadline Extension: October 23, 2017 for institutions eligible to request the extension in federally declared hurricane disaster areas (August 23 to October 2). To request an extension, email by 11:59 p.m. EST Oct. 2.

Learn more about the nomination process.