Library Journal sponsors and co-sponsors many awards to recognize greatness and contributions to the library industry. Keep checking back to learn how to submit your nominations.


Library of the Year

All libraries are good, some are great. LJ is looking for role-model libraries to vie for the honor of being the Library Journal / Gale, a Cengage company, Library of the Year. Learn more and submit your nominations.

Submission deadline: May 3, 2021.

(See Past Winners)


Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize

The Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, developed in partnership between LJ and the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation, recognizes libraries that have significantly helped their communities thrive. Learn more and submit your nominations.

Submission deadline: July 15, 2021

(See Past Winners)


Librarian of the Year

The LJ editors are seeking nominations for the 31st annual Library Journal Librarian of the Year Award to honor a professional librarian for outstanding achievement and accomplishments reflecting the loftiest service goals of the library profession. Learn more and submit your nominations.

Submission deadline: October 21, 2021

(See Past Winners)


Movers & Shakers

Please nominate your inspiring colleagues! Those innovators in all types of libraries are enthusiastically welcomed. We are particularly interested in making sure that those working behind the scenes and on issues of equity and inclusion are well represented. Learn more and submit your nominations.

Submission deadline: December 15, 2021

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Paralibrarian of the Year

Submission deadline: This award is currently on hiatus

(See Past Winners)


Best Small Library

Library Journal‘s annual award for the Best Small Library in America was founded in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. It honors the U.S. public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less.

This award is temporarily on hiatus. Please check back for updates.

(See Past Winners)


Marketer of the Year

Library Journal will honor one library staffer or a library team with its third annual Marketer of the Year award in its October 1, 2019, issue. Sponsored by Library Ideas, the award recognizes the importance of innovative approaches to marketing of library services, and the role of marketing in building library engagement and defining a library’s relevance in the community. Learn more and submit your nominations.

Submission deadline: August 6, 2021

(See Past Winners)

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