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The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is an award given annually by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to American libraries and museums with outstanding service to their communities. The IMLS refers to the medal as "the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community." The award is typically presented by the First Lady of the United States.

From 1994 to 1999, the award was known as the National Award for Museum Service and given to museums only. From 2000 to 2006, it was awarded to three museums and three libraries annually, and was known as the "National Award for Museum and Library Service". From 2007 to the present, it has borne its present name, and been awarded to five museums and five libraries.

The lists of awardees for 1994-2009 are drawn from the 2009 medals booklet, published by the IMLS.

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

In 2000, the first year that the award was given to libraries, the following seven institutions received it:

2001

2002

  • Boundary County District Library, Bonners Ferry, Idaho
  • Hartford Public Library, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania
  • Southwest Georgia Regional Public Library System, Bainbridge, Georgia
  • Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo, Bronx, New York

2003

2004

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois
  • Flint Public Library, Flint, Michigan
  • Mayagüez Children's Library, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • The Regional Academic Health Center Medical Library of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • Western Folklife Center, Elko, Nevada
  • Zoological Society of San Diego, San Diego, California

2005

  • COSI Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
  • Johnson County Library, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Mathews Memorial Library, Mathews, Virginia
  • Pratt Museum, Homer, Alaska
  • Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul, MN

2006

  • Artrain USA, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Frankfort Community Public Library, Frankfort, Indiana
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois
  • Lincoln Children's Zoo, Lincoln, NE
  • Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, Texas

2007

2008

2009

2010

In 2010, the award was given to the following ten libraries and museums:

2011

In 2011, the award was given to the following ten libraries and museums:

  • Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, Florida
  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio
  • EdVenture Children's Museum, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Collegeville, Minnesota
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia
  • Madison Children's Museum, Madison, Wisconsin
  • San José Public Library, San José, California
  • Weippe Public Library & Discovery Center, Weippe, Idaho

2012

In 2012, the award was given to the following ten libraries and museums:

2013

In 2013, the award was given to the following ten libraries and museums, and presented by First Lady Michelle Obama:

2014

In 2014, the award was given to the following ten libraries and museums:

2015

In 2015, the award was given to the following ten libraries and museums:

2016

In 2016, the award was given to the following ten libraries and museums:

2017

In 2017, the award was given to the following ten libraries and museums:

  • Alaska State Museums, Juneau, Alaska
  • Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie, Illinois
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, California
  • Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, Oakland, California
  • Richland Library, Columbia, South Carolina
  • University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Waterville Public Library, Waterville, Maine

2018

In 2018, the award was given to the following ten libraries and museums:

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