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Libraries Change Lives Award

Libraries Change Lives Award

The Libraries Change Lives Award has recognised excellence and innovation in the UK library and information sector, celebrating initiatives that have equality, diversity and social justice at their heart.

The Award has been governed for over 25 years by CILIP and the Community, Diversity and Equality Group (CDEG). In 2019 CILIP published a new Position Paper Libraries, Information and Knowledge Change Lives to set out CILIP’s intention to build on this legacy through proactive advocacy and the promotion of inclusive, participatory and socially-engaged knowledge and information services.


LCLA 2018 winner 2018 Winner 

Glasgow Libraries win award for innovative work tackling homelessness and debt.

LCL 2018 shortlisted entries 2018 Shortlist 

Synopsis and short films of the three services shortlisted for the Libraries Change Lives Award 2018 #LCLA2018.

HMP Norwich library 2017 winner

HMP Norwich library: for its work in delivering a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy intervention to support older prisoners suffering with dementia and memory problems - often ‘forgotten’ in terms of effective care because of living within the prison system.


Shortlist for Libraries Change Lives Award 2017 2017 shortlist

Synopsis and short films of the four services shortlisted for the Libraries Change Lives Award 2017 #LCLA2017.

2016 winner

The Library and Information Service at Norfolk County Council won the 2016 Libraries Change Lives Award for its ‘Healthy Libraries’ initiative a countywide programme promoting healthy living and targeting the county’s most serious health priorities through the Norfolk library network.


Past winners and finalists

Over the past 25 years the award has recognised fantastic library and information services making a huge difference in their communities. Look at our past winners and finalists.   

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