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Awards and recognition

Library and information professionals positively and proactively support an open, democratic society and a globally-competitive information-based economy.  Through our awards and by honouring outstanding contributions we reinforce and celebrate achievement so that the value of people involved can be acknowledged and supported.  We also promote our sector through our campaigns, media relations and public affairs activity.


The UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards, the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals are awarded annually for outstanding writing and illustration in books for children and young people. Unique in that they are judged solely by librarians, the roll-call of past winners includes: Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Noel Streatfeild, Sally Gardner and Penelope Lively for the Carnegie; and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Janet Ahlberg, Lauren Child, Quentin Blake, Anthony Browne and Chris Riddell for the Kate Greenaway accolade. Our school and library shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in reading the books on the shortlist every year. In 2017 the Carnegie Medal reached its 80th year and the Kate Greenaway Medal its 60th.

CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards




The CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award is the national award for excellence and innovation in UK library and information services. It's organised and awarded by CILIP's Community, Diversity and Equality Group and CILIP.

Libraries Change Lives Award


Honorary Fellowship has been awarded by CILIP and its predecessor the Library Association since 1896. It is the highest recognition given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the library and information world.

Honorary Fellowship




Every year CILIP seeks nominations for Mentor of the Year, based on the experiences of mentees who are receiving support from a mentor to expand their knowledge and skills within the library and information sector. CILIP has over 500 mentors who actively share their time and knowledge to support the career development of others, helping them improve their skills and experience.

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