Demco Library Innovative Award

Presented by the Illinois Library Association and Demco.

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Review the Criteria and Eligibility below. 


This award recognizes a library, library consortium, or library system's achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative program or service, which has had measurable impact on its users. The purpose of this award is to encourage innovation by highlighting the overall activities of a library (including staff, administration, governance, and volunteers) in successfully marshalling its resources to benefit its users.


Libraries, library consortiums, or library systems of any size and type are eligible for this award.


  • The recipient must be a library rather than an individual.
  • The nominee will have designed and executed an innovative or creative program or service.
  • The program or service must have had a measurable impact on its users.
  • Innovation can be what is new to a particular library and library population and has a major impact on the community.

Award Winners

The recipient will be presented with a plaque, provided by Demco, and $1,000 financial award.

Please note that monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.

Nomination Deadline

May 15

Nomination Submissions

The nominator’s statement of support should address all criteria under the individual awards as outlined. Nominator must submit the nomination form and attach all support statements, letters, and documentation, etc. required by the award’s criteria. ILA must receive all nominations by May 15.

Previous Demco Library Innovative Award winners

1996    Mount Prospect Public Library
1997    Bensenville Community Public Library District
1998    Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
1999    Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin
2000    Ashland Public Library
2001    Chicago Public Library/CPL Express
2002    Illinois State Library
2003    Warren-Newport Public Library District
2004    Chicago Ridge Public Library
2005    Evergreen Park Public Library
2006    Gail Borden Public Library District
2007    Arlington Heights Memorial Library
2008    Orland Park Public Library
2009    Riverside Public Library
2010    The Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival
2011    Early Learning Center, Waukegan Public Library
2012    Oak Park Public Library
2013    Cook Memorial Public Library District
2014    Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University
2015    Northbrook Public Library
2016    Illinois State Library, Targeting Autism Forum
2017    Waukegan Public Library

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