Georgia Library Awards

It’s October, which means that nominations are now being accepted for the GPLS Library Awards program. These awards honor the outstanding service and achievements of Georgia’s public libraries, librarians and library champions.

  • Georgia Public Library of the Year is presented to an individual facility or library system whose staff best exemplifies the qualities needed to positively impact the lives of residents in the communities it serves. Nominations for library systems that include multiple locations must demonstrate the integration of each facility to the overall impact of the system as a whole. ​
  • Georgia Public Librarian of the Year  is presented to a full-time and professionally licensed practicing public librarian whose innovative and creative talents are instrumental in the delivery of outstanding library service to their library and the communities it serves, as well as dedication and commitment to the state and profession as a whole. The winner must be employed by a public library for at least 9 months of 2017. 
  • Georgia Public Library Champion of the Year  is an outstanding advocate whose support significantly raised the profile of libraries and improved services during the award year. Honorees may include, but are not limited to, elected officials, authors, library board members or members of Friends of Georgia Libraries or local Friends groups. This person must not be employed in any capacity by a library during 2017.
  • Georgia Public Library Lifetime Achievement award may be given to a retired Georgia librarian for extraordinary service to Georgia public libraries throughout their career. Special emphasis is placed on the long-lasting impact of their work: nominees must be retired from full-time work for three years before being nominated. Given these special requirements, this award may not be presented each year.

Nominations may be submitted by public library directors, trustees, members of Friends groups, library supporters or library staff members. Click on the award titles above to submit a nomination.

Please submit any additional support materials via email to

Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

The selection process will be conducted in November and we’ll announce the winners at the December directors meeting. The awards selection committee comprises five GPLS staff members. The public announcements and award presentations will be done in January 2018, and we look forward to celebrating our winners at Public Library Day at the Capitol!

We’re so pleased to be able to recognize those who make our libraries exceptional. We look forward to reading your nominations, and know that we will have a difficult task choosing from many deserving individuals and libraries. This message will be shared with the FOGL and Trustees listservs; please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you, Julie