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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.

2018 National Medal Winners

The 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners provide dynamic programming, services, and community outreach that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive.

The 2018 National Medal Winners were announced on May 1, 2018. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 24. Read more

2018 National Medal Finalists

The 2018 National Medal Finalists were announced on March 5, 2018.

National 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. StoryCorps visits the Medal winning institutions to document personal stories that demonstrate how these libraries and museums are making a difference in their communities. Read more

Nominate Your Museum or Library

Anyone may nominate a museum or library for the National Medal. IMLS will begin accepting nominations for 2019 in July 2018, and the deadline will be October 1, 2018. Learn more about eligibility and the nomination and selection process.