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Excellence in Prison Libraries Award 2019



The Excellence in Prison Libraries award is an award acknowledging best practice in prison libraries.  The award is made for a single, original project, initiative or example of best practice, large or small that has had a lasting impact on both the prison library service and the wider prison community. This could be a creative project, a new service initiative or a collaborative activity with an external or prison partner.

Any library project or initiative can be entered for the award. It can be an ongoing initiative or a time limited project that has had impact in 2018. It must, however, be original – nationally recognised projects such as Reading Ahead, Story Book Dads etc. are not eligible.

A panel of judges will assess:

  • How the project has impacted on the library service and the wider prison community, and how this impact has been measured
  • How the library has engaged with relevant partners (internal or external) to deliver the project
  • How the project has added value to the library service
  • What are the outcomes for library users?
  • What challenges the library faced in delivering this project and how these were overcome.
  • What the legacy of the project is – how has it influenced future planning?

Have there been any learning outcomes for library staff?

Entry forms can be downloaded here:  Application form

Entries should be emailed to the group Secretary, Julie Shannon -

Only one entry per prison per year can be accepted. You may include ONE piece of additional evidence with your entry – this may be a testimonial, evaluation report or any other supporting document.

The closing date for entries is 28 February 2019.

The winner will be announced at the Prison Libraries Group Training day on 5 June 2019

The winner will receive a certificate and a £500 Bright’s Books voucher to purchase stock for the library.

Shortlisted applicants will get one free place at the 2019 Prison Libraries Group training day.



Click on the title for documents which will give an explanation of the PrLG bursaries, guidelines and an application form.  The application form provides the email address that it should be sent to.  Please submit your application form as early as possible to allow the officers of the group time to make a decision.


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