14 March 2013 Last updated at 10:47, 23/08/2016

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 practitioners representing services and initiatives in any sector which can clearly demonstrate the value added to their organisation or community and which reflect innovation, intelligent service design or best practice delivery. 

Aims and objectives of the award

Our judges assess each entry for the following:

  • Demonstrating the value of library, information or knowledge services to the individual and to communities, and clearly showing the role of the library/information service (and any relevant partners if applicable).
  • Demonstrating how the target audience was chosen.
  • Demonstrating how this work benefits the library / information / knowledge service? For example, what performance measures do you use?
  • Demonstrating your contribution to the equalities agenda.
  • Demonstrating clearly how the work has been funded, and outlining future plans for this work.

Please note that the judges' decisions are final. They reserve the right to withhold or withdraw the award at their own discretion.


The application must be:

  • UK based
  • Current and ongoing during this year so that it can be visited in action by our judges (late June/early July) and it must have been delivered for at least six months up to 1 March 2016
  • From a library, information or knowledge-based service


Applications for the 2016 award have now closed.

Applications for 2017 will open in February/March 2017.