CCPL named '18 National Medal Award Finalist

CCPL named '18 National Medal Award Finalist

Release date: 3/5/2018

Cuyahoga County Public Library named a finalist for 2018 National Medal award     
Cuyahoga County residents are encouraged to #ShareYourStory on IMLS social media on Friday, March 9th

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced that Ohio's Cuyahoga County Public Library is among the 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 24 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.  

The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.” 

Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited Cuyahoga County Public Library to share their story on social media on Friday, March 9th. To #ShareYourStory, please visit or and use #IMLSmedals

National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions at the National Medal Ceremony on May 24th in Washington, D.C. 

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit the IMLS website

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.  

About Cuyahoga County Public Library
At Cuyahoga County Public Library we are committed to our mission of being at the center of community life by creating an environment where reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement thrive and our vision to be the most convenient library system in the country.

Hallie Rich
Communications & External Relations Director
Robert J. Rua
Assistant Marketing & Communications Director