Chapter I: Voting for the Best Public Library

Update: The round of 32 bracket will be revealed on Saturday. As of Friday morning, more than 10,000 votes have been cast.

Update: News coverage of the Leslie B. Knope Award – Evansville nominated for national award and Real life Pawnee: Evansville library in running for Leslie Knope award


Last year, we awarded the prestigious Leslie B. Knope Award to Peoria City Hall. This year, we’re highlighting the best public libraries! From the historic to modern, functional to quaint, and urban to rural, the voting for the best public library in America begins this week. We’ll narrow the list below to the 32 best libraries which will be entered into the bracket challenge with a round each week. Use #ELGLKnope to show your support for your favorite library. Questions? Contact Kent at kent@elgl.org. More info on ELGL is available at In the News and Membership.

Learn more about libraries at Double Shot: Aspen Institute and Public Libraries and


Timeline

January 22 to 26 – First round of voting

January 29 to February 2- Round of 32

February 5 to 9 – Sweet 16

February 12 to 16 – Elite Eight

February 19 to 23 – Final Four

February 26 to March 2 – National Championship


Vote! Vote! Vote!

* You can only vote once. 


List of Nominees

Alabama

Main Branch, Gadsden, AL


Alaska

Z.J. Loussac Library, Anchorage, AK


Arizona

Main Library, Mesa, AZ

Public Library, Sierra Vista, AZ

Clark Memorial Library – Yavapai County Free Library District, Clarkdale, AZ


Arkansas

Roosevelt Thompson, Little Rock, AR

Hillary Clinton Children’s, Little Rock, AR

Main Library, Little Rock, AR


California

Main Library, Oakland, CA

Public Library, Sausalito, CA

Central Library, Livermore, CA

Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Torrance, CA

Archibald Library, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Paul A. Biane Library, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Downtown Library, Redwood City, CA

City Library, Downey, CA


Colorado

Main Library, Boulder, CO

Central Library, Aurora, CO

Pueblo City-County Library District, Pueblo, CO

Library 21c, Colorado Springs, CO


Connecticut

Downtown Public Library, Hartford, CT


Delaware

Public Library, Dover, DE


Florida

Public Library, Largo, FL

Public Library, Leesburg, FL

Downtown Library, Boca Raton, FL

Spanish River Library, Boca Raton, FL

Public Library, Duneding, FL

Gulf Beaches Public Library, Madeira Beach, FL

Nassau County Public Library – Fernandina Beach Branch, Fernandina Beach, FL

Public Library, North Miami Beach, FL

Public Library, Safety Harbor, FL

Downtown Public Library, Saint Joseph, FL

Public Library, Sanibel, FL

Hendry County Library System Central Library, Clewiston, FL

Public Library, Temple Terrace, FL


Georgia

Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA


Hawaii

Kihei Public Library, Kihei, HI


Idaho

Nampa Public Library, Nampa, ID


Illinois

Public Library, Glencoe, IL

Public Library, Effingham, IL

South Elgin Branch , South Elgin, IL

Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, IL

Public Library, Normal, IL


Indiana

Main Library, Bend, IN

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Evansville, IN


Iowa

Downtown Library, Cedar Rapids, IA

Public Library, Iowa City, IA


Kansas

Public Library, Lawrence, KS


Kentucky

Main Library, Bowling Green, KY


Louisiana

Ouachita Parish Public Library, Monroe, LA


Maine

Public Library, Bangor, ME


Maryland

C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick, MD


Massachusetts

Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood, MA

Jonathon Bourne Public Library, Bourne, MA


Michigan

Public Library, Sterling Heights, MI

Central Library, Grosse Point, MI

Bennett Civic Center Library, Livonia, MI


Minnesota

Minneapolis Central Library (Hennepin County Library), Minneapolis, MN

Public Library, Owatonna, MN

George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul, MN


Mississippi

Carnegie Library, Jackson, MS


Missouri

Public Library (Central), St. Louis, MO

Public Library, Joplin, MO

Public Library – Central Branch, Kansas City, MO

Public Library, University City, MO


Montana

Public Library, Bozeman, MT


Nebraska

Lied Public Library, Scottsbluff, NE


Nevada

Public Library, Carson City, NV


New Hampshire

Public Library, Concord, NH


New Jersey

Public Library, Princeton, NJ


New Mexico

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Las Cruces, NM


New York

Frederick Douglass Community Library, Rochester, NY


North Carolina

Community Library, Cary, NC

Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC

Public Library, Goldsboro, NC


North Dakota

Public Library, Grand Forks, ND


Ohio

Public Library, Bexley, OH

Cleveland Heights – Public Library, University Heights, OH


Oklahoma

Public Library, Lawton, OK


Oregon

City Library, Beaverton, OR

Downtown Library, Eugene, OR

Brookwood Library, Hillsboro, OR

Shute Park Library, Hillsboro, OR

Ledding Library – Milwaukie, OR

Public Library, Mt. Angel, OR

Public Library, West Linn, OR


Pennsylvania

Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Raymond M. Blasco M.D. Memorial Library, Erie, MN

Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, PA

Township Library, Upper St. Clair, PA


Rhode Island

Central Library, Warwick, RI


South Carolina

Headquarters Library, Spartanburg, SC


South Dakota

Downtown Library, Sioux Falls, SD


Tennessee

Downtown Library, Chattanooga, TN

Main Library, Nashville, TN


Texas

Public Library, Baytown, TX

Public Library, Lewisville, TX

Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne, TX


Utah

Provo Library at Academy Square Provo, UT


Vermont

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, VT


Virginia

Public Library, Williamsburg, VA


Washington

Central Library, Seattle, WA

Community Library, Vancouver, WA


West Virginia

Main Library, Charleston, WV


Wisconsin

Alice Baker Library, Eagle, WI

Public Library, Altoona, WI

Central Library (South Central Library System), Madison, WI

Public Library, Rice Lake, WI

Public Library, River Falls, WI

Public Library, Milton, WI

Central Branch, Milwaukee, WI

Public Library, West Allis, WI

Public Library, Platteville, WI

Public Library, Winneconne, WI

Public Library, Reedsburg, WI


Wyoming

Main Library, Casper, WY

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