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.

2021 National Medal Finalists Announced


The 30 finalists for the 2021 Medals were announced on March 18. View the press release here.

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.