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Marketing Excellence Awards 2019 - the awards are now closed

If you or your library team ran a campaign in 2018 to market all or part of your service, now is your time to shout about it! Submit your entry to CILIP’s annual Marketing Excellence Awards and be rewarded for your hard work.

The Awards are open to any library of any size in any sector across the UK. You will be judged on your campaign’s impact, effectiveness and creativity, not your budget. From stock promotions to storytelling projects, new online services to the launch of major new library buildings, the Marketing Excellence Awards exist to celebrate achievement at any scale.

Why enter?

The Marketing Excellence Awards celebrate successful library marketing and promotional campaigns across the country. They offer national exposure for your project and communicate the value of what you're doing among funders, partners, media, peers, managers and customers. 

You've done the hard work, delivering your project. Now win some extra recognition!

Read about the impact of winning a CILIP PPRG Marketing Excellence Award.



Entries are judged by the PPRG Committee, one of CILIP’s Special Interest Groups. Additional judges with relevant expertise will be invited to join us, to provide external validation.
Judging will be against the following criteria:

  • Success in meeting the original aims and objectives of the campaign
  • Suitability of concept to target market
  • Quality of graphics, design and copywriting (where appropriate)
  • Range, effectiveness and appropriateness of the marketing communications used
  • Timing, message and consistency of marketing communications
  • Evaluation of the campaign, demonstrating evidence of impact on the community or target audience (e.g. customer interaction, feedback, attendance, media coverage)
  • Effective use of project budget and non-financial resources

 The originality of the concept will also be taken into account for the overall rating.



  • Any library service of any size in any sector within the UK is eligible to enter a project to the Marketing Excellence Awards.
  • You may submit multiple entries.
  • Entrants do not need to be PPRG group members.
  • Entries must cover activity that broadly took place during 2018, and evaluation should have been completed before end of May 2019.
  • To be considered eligible, the campaign or promotion should not endorse activity that is in conflict with CILIP’s policy against the substitution of paid professional staff by volunteers



Awards will be presented at the Marketing and Communications Group annual conference in January 2020, and winners will be invited to present their campaigns.

Details of the 2018 Marketing Excellence Award winners can be found here


How to enter

Submissions should be no more than six sides of A4, demonstrating how you meet the judging criteria in the most appropriate way for your campaign. We strongly suggest you clearly address each of the criteria in order for the judging panel to assess your submission to the full extent.

Illustrative examples of artwork, social media posts etc can be provided in a separate file as an appendix (no page limit).

In your entry please include:

  • Named contact for entry and contact details (email and phone)
  • Organisation name 
  • Title of entry
  • Abstract for entry (including details of target group)
  • Relevant time period for marketing campaign
  • Any relevant web addresses

Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 10th June, 2019.

Please email your entry to



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