Nominees for Best Public Library – Updated 1/15

Posted on December 18, 2017


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Nominations are now being accepted for the second annual Leslie Barbara Knope award!

Last year, we awarded the prestigious Knope to Peoria City Hall. This year, we’re highlighting the best public libraries! Any public library run by a local government unit (town, city, county, special district…) is eligible for nomination.
Use this form to nominate your library – from the historic to modern, functional to quaint, and urban to rural – we want to see them all! How will we know which library building is number one? We don’t, that’s why we’re asking you.
Same as last year, we’ll start with a round of 64 and work our way through a bracket challenge to see which library comes out on top.
The nomination process closes January 15, 2018. Add your nomination to the list below today! Don’t forget to Tweet a photo of your nomination using #ELGLKnope!
Want a deep dive on the future of public libraries? Check out Podcast: Rethinking Public Libraries with the Aspen Institute.

Here’s a map of all of the nominations received so far.


Alice Baker Library – @cafe_abl
Altoona, WI Public Library – @AltoonaPL
Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) – @ahml
Aurora Public Library – @APLReadingRocks
Baytown, TX Library – @baytownlibrary
Bexley Public Library, Bexley OH – @BexleyLibrary
Boca Raton Public Library – @BocaLibrary
Boca Raton Spanish River Library
Boulder Public Library – @boulderlibrary
Bozeman, MT Public Library – @BozemanLibrary
Cedar Rapids Public Library – @CRPublicLibrary
Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Roosevelt Thompson – @CALibrarySystem
Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Hillary Clinton Children’s – @CALibrarySystem
Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Main Library – @CALibrarySystem
Chattanooga, TN Public Library – @chattlibrary
City of Hillsboro, OR Main Public Library
City of Hillsboro, OR Shute Park
City of Madison, WI Central Library (South Central Library System) – @madisonlibrary
City of Oakland, CA Public Library – @oaklibrary
City of Sausalito, CA Public Library
City of St. Louis, MO Public Library (Central) – @stlpublibrary
City of Sierra Vista, AZ Public Library
Clark Memorial Library – Yavapai County Free Library District, Clarkdale AZ
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Libraries – @heightslibrary
Clewiston Public Library (Hendry County)
Downey City Library – @DowneyLibrary
Dunedin Public Library
Erie County Public Library – Blasco Library – @erielibrary
Eugene, OR Public Library – @cityofeugene
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library – @evplibrary
Free Library of Philadelphia – @freelibrary
Gadsden, AL Public Library – @gadsdenlibrary
Gail Borden Public Library District
Glencoe, IL Public Library – @GlencoePL
Grosse Point, MI Public Library – @theGPPL
Gulf Beaches Public Library
Hartford Public Library, Hartford, Connecticut – @HPLCT
Hillsboro, OR Brookwood Library – @HillsboroLib
Iowa City, IA Public Library – @icpl
Jonathon Bourne Public Library – @bournelib
Joplin, MO Public Library – @JoplinLibrary
Kansas City Public Library – Central Branch – @KCLibrary
Largo, FL Public Library
Lawrence, KS Public Library – @lawrencelibrary
Ledding Library – City of Milwaukie
Leesburg FL Public Library
Lewisville, TX Public Library – @LewisvilleTxLib
Library 21c – @ppld
Livermore Central Library (Livermore, CA) – @LivLibrary
Livonia Public Library – Livonia, Michigan – @livonia_library
Milton, WI Public Library
Milwaukee Public Library – Central Branch – @MilwaukeePubLib
Minneapolis Central Library (Hennepin County Library) – @hclib
Morrill Memorial Library – @norwood_library
Mt. Angel Public Library
Nashville Public Library – @nowatnpl
Nassau County Public Library – Fernandina Beach Branch
Normal Public Library – @NPLtweets
North Miami Beach Public Library – @nmb_library
Owatonna Public Library, Owatonna MN – @owatonnalibrary
Patrick Heath Public Library – City of Boerne, Texas – @BoerneLibrary
Platteville Public Library (Platteville, WI) – @PlattevillePL
Princeton Public Library – @princetonpl
Provo Library at Academy Square – @provolibrary
Pueblo City-County Library District – @pueblolibrary
Rancho Cucamonga, CA Public Library Services
Redwood City Public Library (City of Redwood City) – @RWCLibrary
Reedsburg Public Library
Rice Lake Public Library – Rice Lake, WI [email protected]
River Falls (WI) Public Library – @RFPublicLibrary
Safety Harbor, FL Public Library
Saint Joseph, FL Public Library
Saint Paul Public Library
Sanibel Public Library
Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, PA – @schlowlibrary
Seattle Public Library – @splbuzz
Sterling Heights Public Library – @shpublib
Temple Terrace Public Library
Torrance Public Library – @LibraryVan
Town of Chapel Hill Public Library – @chpublib
The University City Public Library – @UCPL_Librarians
Upper St. Clair Township Library – @TWPUSCLIBRARY
Wake County Public Libraries – @Wcplonline
Wayne County, NC Public Library
West Allis Public Library
West Linn Public Library, Oregon
Winneconne Public Library


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