Awards and Scholarships

The Illinois Library Association's Awards

The Illinois Library Association’s awards program recognizes excellence in librarianship and library service in Illinois. The program increases awareness of the contributions of all association participants, including recipients, sponsors, co-sponsors, and committees/forums. Please see the individual award pages for specific terms, criteria, and eligibility.

The Illinois Library Association's Scholarships

The Illinois Library Association’s scholarships are designated to help and encourage the pursuit of education in librarianship. Scholarships may be used for classes, registration fees for workshops, seminars, conferences or other educational opportunities. Please see the individual scholarship pages for specific terms, criteria, and eligibility.

We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2021 ILA Awards. 

For any questions regarding awards and/or submitting a nomination, please email

2021 ILA Award and Scholarship Recipients

2020 ILA Award Winners 
2019 ILA Award Winners 
2018 ILA Award Winners 
2017 ILA Award Winners
2016 ILA Award Winners
2015 ILA Award Winners






















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