Awards, Grants, 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 Grants and Scholarships

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

Nominations for ILA Awards are Closed.

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

Help Us Promote the ILA Awards!

Help us get the word out about the ILA Awards. We designed a flyer to promote the ILA Awards. Print copies of the flyer and place them in your library's check-out area, or include it in your library's newsletter or mailings. If you have any questions regarding the awards, submitting a nomination, or the flyer, please contact Tamara Jenkins at

2024 ILA Award and Scholarship Recipients

2023 ILA Award and Scholarship Winners
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2021 ILA Award Winners 
2020 ILA Award Winners 
2019 ILA Award Winners 
2018 ILA Award Winners 
2017 ILA Award Winners
2016 ILA Award Winners
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