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Let’s Show Our Librarians Some Love!

I Love My Librarian Award 2025. Photos of four librarians. Clockwise from top left: Mychal Threets holds a bag that says "RAISED BY LIBRARIES"; Clare Graham poses inside a life-size Barbie box; Gabriel Graña holds up a flag from his school; Diana Haneski poses with her school's therapy dog River in the library.

Love your librarian? Of course you do!

Nominations are now open for this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Ten librarians from across the U.S. will be selected from over 1,000 nominations to receive $5,000 and the recognition of a lifetime. Your librarian could be one of them!

From innovative programs to improving access to resources and services to promoting literacy and so much more, librarians everywhere work to transform their communities in creative and positive ways. The I Love My Librarian Award recognizes librarians in public, school, and college/university libraries who have gone above and beyond for their communities.

Nominations are being accepted online through Monday, September 30, 2024.

The award is highly competitive. Last year, library users across the country submitted nearly 1,400 nominations, while only ten librarians can be selected for the award each year. Since the award’s inception in 2008, 160 librarians have received this honor.

While only a handful of librarians will be selected for the award, have no fear: all nominated librarians will receive copies of their nominations and see how much their communities love them.

Photo of Gladys López-Soto, a recipient of the I Love My Librarian Award.
Gladys López-Soto, a recipient of the I Love My Librarian Award, attends the award ceremony in Baltimore in January.

Among last year’s inspiring honorees are Diana Haneski, a school librarian at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, who has helped her community navigate the trauma following the 2018 mass shooting at the school; Gladys López-Soto, an academic librarian at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, who helps students and entrepreneurs navigate the complex world of intellectual property; and Mychal Threets, a former public librarian at Solano County Library in Fairfield, CA, and viral sensation who uses social media to spread “library joy.” All of last year’s honorees were also featured in a special series from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Secret Life of Librarians.

The I Love My Librarian Award is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, with additional support from The New York Public Library. The award is administered by the American Library Association, which promotes the value of libraries and library workers everywhere.

Want to help your librarian stand out from the crowd? Check out our tips for writing a strong nomination. You can also help us spread the love for librarians everywhere with our free promotional tools!

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