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.

2014 finalists have been announced. The winner will be named by William Sieghart at CILIP’s Big Day event on 20 September. 

Finalists Libraries Change Lives Award 2014

Three outstanding library partnership projects have been shortlisted for the 2014 award. A short film and a series of photographs show each project in action.

Watch and share their stories: #LCLA2014

Libraries Change Lives Award past 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.

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. 


The CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award has closed for applications for 2014. 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.

Take part in the judging process

In 2014 CILIP and the Community, Diversity and Equality Group (CDEG) provided a development opportunity for a new professional to shadow the judging process for the CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award.