Public Libraries Section | Public Libraries Building Awards

The Building Award is presented annually alternating between new construction and renovation. The 2023 award is for renovation.

The focus of the award is the impact that a renovation or restoration project has had on the library’s ability to provide services to its community. Emphasis will be placed on projects that demonstrate cost-effective solutions to space challenges as well as innovative usage of space and floor plans.

The selected library will receive a $1,000 cash award, a display plaque, and an official press release from the Public Libraries Section of NYLA for the library to distribute to local media outlets.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A Public Library in New York State
  • Attendance at the NYLA Conference the year of the award
  • Current Public Libraries Section Board Member Libraries’ are Ineligible
  • Previous Winners are Ineligible

Applicants must submit a 2-page maximum narrative that includes:

  • Demographic information about the community: population served, annual budget, annual circulation
  • Before and after photographs
  • Before and after floor plans, if applicable
  • Goals and objectives
  • Project budget
  • Explanation of need, the planning involved, community benefits, public response, press coverage.
  • Copies of marketing material that were utilized to inform the community of the project and to gain support

*Photographs, floor plans, and marketing materials can be submitted as addendums.

All new construction projects must have been completed by December 31 of the year prior to the award presentation.