For award categories and submission process for municipalities, see Municipal categories.

Award categories

Public Library Services (open to Library Boards serving a population over 10,000 – two awards)

Two awards will be given for library service initiatives that demonstrate excellence and/or innovation. The initiatives should demonstrate responsiveness to community needs and provide direct benefit to the public.

Public Library Services (open to Library Boards serving a population under 10,000 – two awards)

Two awards will be given for library service initiatives that demonstrate excellence and/or innovation. The initiatives should demonstrate responsiveness to community needs and provide direct benefit to the public.

Submission guidelines

  • Awards are open to all municipal, intermunicipal and system library boards in Alberta.
  • Awards are granted to the board of the library or system delivering the service being recognized.
  • Awards pertain to library services, which are defined as library activities and resources that provide a direct benefit to the public.
    • Examples of a library service include: collections for borrowing, programs for the public and outreach
    • Examples of library activities that are not a service include: internal support functions such as fundraising and public relations/marketing
  • Submissions must demonstrate that the service has been substantially and successfully completed or implemented.
  • Submissions will be evaluated by a selection panel which will recommend award winners to the Minister.
  • Completed submission forms are only accepted electronically and can be sent by email to [email protected].
  • The submitting library board agrees to the publication of information related to their initiative by the Government of Alberta, including any documents, photos and photos of the recipients with their awards.

The submission deadline is July 15, 2023.

How to apply

Use the submission form below to provide information about your library service.

Completed municipal submission forms can be emailed to [email protected].

The deadline to submit an initiative for the 2023 Minister’s Awards for Municipal and Public Library Excellence is July 15, 2023.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of representatives from the public library field, which will recommend award winners to the Minister. The 2023 award recipients will be announced in early fall 2023.

See recent and past award recipients.

Contact

Connect with the Public Library Services Branch:

Phone: 780-427-4871
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

Address:
17th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L4