The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The Richland Library is South Carolina’s lone finalist for the award, which honors institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
This is the second consecutive year Richland Library, which serves more than 2.7 million visitors at 11 locations, has been a finalist for the honor.
In 2016, Columbia achieved a rare distinction, having both the library and Columbia Museum of Art named finalists, with the art museum claiming top honors.
“The 2017 National Medal Finalists represent the leading museums and libraries that serve as catalysts for change in their communities,” said Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the institute. “It is our honor to recognize 30 notable institutions for the work they do in re-enforcing the importance of lifelong learning and in turn improving the lives of individuals, families and communities.”
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who visited Richland County Public Library to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To share your story and learn more about how these institutions make an impact, click here.
The National Medal winners will be announced later this spring.