Nominations open for 2025 I Love My Librarian Awards

10 librarians will be honored with $5,000 and the recognition of a lifetime

The I Love My Librarian Award invites library user to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Each year, up to 10 librarians are honored at a ceremony held in their honor and receive a $5,000 cash award.

Since the award was established in 2008, 160 librarians have received this distinguished honor. In that time, library users nationwide have shared more than 23,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond in their commitment to inclusivity, literacy, and digital access. Last year’s honorees include viral sensation and “library joy” advocate Mychal Threets (Solano County Library, Calif.) and Fred Gitner, Assistant Director of the New Americans Program at Queens Public Library, among others.

Each librarian nominee must:

  • Hold a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
  • Be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or a library at an accredited K-12 school, or have been working at one of these institutions as of March 1, 2024.

Anyone in the United States may nominate one or several librarians for the I Love My Librarian Award. Nominations are open through Sept. 30, 2024. To learn more about nomination requirements, tips on writing strong nominations, and past honorees, visit

The I Love My Librarian Award is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, with additional support from the New York Public Library, and is administered by the American Library Association. Since 2008, library users have shared more than 24,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond to promote literacy, expand access to technology, and support diversity and inclusion in their communities.

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