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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 public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. The winners are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C., in May.

Medal Finalists 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

2018 National Medal Finalists

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

The 10 winners will be announced in late April.

Nominate Your Museum or Library

Anyone may nominate a museum or library for this honor. Learn more about eligibility and the nomination and selection process.