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What is the IMLS medal?

National Medal

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Since 1994, IMLS has presented the award to institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to community service.

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Year in Review

Rochester wins 2018 National IMLS Medal

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National-Medal-photoIn May of 2018, Rochester Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library Service by the Institute for Museum and Library Service (IMLS). The Director of IMLS, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, presented the award to RPL Director Audrey Betcher and community member James Arnold.

RPL is only the fourth library in Minnesota to earn the prestigious honor.

We are honored to be recognized for our service and commitment to the Rochester community.



Rochester Public Library Celebrates

RPL Community Member: James

National Medal Finalist Video