National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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.

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

In recognition of the role that museums and libraries play in early learning, IMLS supports the goals the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, including improving school readiness, reducing summer reading loss, and lowering chronic school absence.

Digging into Data

The Digging into Data Challenge, sponsored by leading global research funders, aims to envision how "big data" changes research in the humanities and social sciences and creates new infrastructures for scholarship.

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is a crucial competency for today’s citizens, and libraries provide a trusted resource of information on core personal finance skills.

National Student Poets Program

The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. This partnership with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers recognizes student poets’ achievements at the national level and highlights the importance of literacy.


Each year, StoryCorps documents the personal stories of the museums and libraries which receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions.


IMLS supports the development of eBooks to expand access and encourage a love of reading.

Serving New Americans

Public libraries help ease the way for people new to the United States to participate fully in American society. Museums also address the needs of new arrivals with cross-cultural programming and outreach.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

This awards program, which ran between 1998 and 2017, recognized and supported outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrated the creativity of America’s young people.

Museums for All

Museums for All, a partnership between IMLS and the Association of Children’s Museums, encourages low-income families to visit museums and build lifelong museum habits.