CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award

The CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award highlights and rewards partnership work that changes lives, brings people together and demonstrates innovation and creativity. 

The award is organised by CILIP's Community, Diversity and Equality Group and recent winners include, Surrey Libraries' Domestic Violence, How Surrey Libraries Can Help, Kent Library and Archives Making the Difference: Opportunities for Adults with Learning Difficulties and The City of Edinburgh’s HMP Edinburgh Library Partnership.

Entries are open for the 2014 award and will close on 30 April. The winner will be announced at CILIP's Big Day event in September 2014.


Entries are open for the 2014 CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award. Now in its 23rd year the award highlights and rewards library, information and knowledge partnership work that changes lives, brings people together and demonstrates innovation and creativity.

Award criteria and eligibility

Our judges, from the CILIP Community, Diversity and Equality Group, are keen to promote social justice through the use of library, information and knowledge services to empower people and improve their quality of life.

We welcome entries from any sector (e.g. academic, government, public, prison and school libraries) working in partnership demonstrating how you have helped to improve people's lives. 

Libraries Change Lives Award winners and finalists

Over the years we have had some fantastic winners, doing amazing things in their communities. Here are details of the most recent winners and finalists.

Take part in the judging process

The Libraries Change Lives Award 2014 is now open for entries and we are launching a shadowing opportunity for either a young professional or a student to be part of the Libraries Change Lives Award judging process and to attend the CILIP Big Day in September where the winner will be announced.