Ministry Awards

The Ontario Public Library Service Awards identify and promote creative public library service ideas. There are two types of Ontario Public Library Service Award, each with categories for large and small libraries. These awards are presented each year at the Public Library Awards Gala on site at the OLA Super Conference.
To apply: Complete the application form and send it to Adam Haviaras, as directed on the form. Version en français. 
Applications are now closed. 

2017 Ontario Public Library Service Awards Shortlist
  • Aurora Public Library: Digital Literacy for Community
  • Clarington Public Library: Winter WonderLearn 
  • Cochrane Public Library: Outreach Program
  • County of Brant Public Library: Place Settings: Collected Works Celebrating the County of Brant
  • County of Prince Edward Public Library: Summer Fun Construction Zone
  • East Gwillimbury Public Library: Holland Landing Food Pantry
  • Fort Frances Public Library: Rainy River District Library Cooperative
  • Hamilton Public Library: The Circuit 4.0 - Collaborative Creative Space
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library: Viva Voce and the Juvenis Festival - Building Youth Capacity in the Arts
  • Markham Public Library: Online 3D Printer e-Learning Course and Certification
  • Oshawa Public Library: Oshawa Healthy Kids Community Challenge
  • Ottawa Public Library: A la Carte Food Literacy Project
  • Rideau Lakes Public Library: MAPsack
  • Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County Library: Library Express - Alternative Service Delivery Depots
  • Waterloo Public Library: Explore Play Learn @ WPL
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library: RSVP

2016 Ontario Public Library Service Awards Shortlist

  • Brighton Public Library: Tech Help One on One
  • Burlington Public Library: BookArts Program; Community-Led Youth Service Model
  • Caledon Public Library: Click-Create-Celebrate Initiative
  • Carleton Place Public Library: Carleton Place Writes
  • Halton Hills Public Library: Naturally Sustainable Cards Project
  • Hamilton Public Library: Shakespeare Library Visit Program
  • Hastings Highlands Public Library: Crazy for Community Hubs! – Building Community Capacity
  • Lambton County Public Library: eLibrary eVerywhere
  • Laurentian Hills Public Library: Chalk River Branch Revitalization
  • Milton Public Library: One Book, One Milton
  • Thunder Bay Public Library: The World War I Thunder Bay Centennial Project
  • Toronto Public Library: Pan Am Host City Project
  • Trent Hills Public Library: Co-Author Short Story Contest
  • Vaughan Public Libraries: Vaughan Poetry Map
  • Waterloo Public Library: The Summer Reading Club Community Roll Out Initiative
  • Wellington County Public Library: Move the Needle

2016 Ontario Public Library Service Awards Recipients


Angus Mowat Award for Excellence

  • Small Library Category: Carleton Public Library for: Carleton Place Writes
  • Small Library Category: Hastings Highlands Public Library for: Crazy for Community Hubs
  • Medium Library Category: Caledon Public Library for: Click-Create-Celebrate Initiative
  • Large Library Category: Burlington Public Library for: Community-Led Youth Service Model

Minister's Award for Innovation

  • Small Library Category: Brighton Public Library for: Tech Help One on One
  • Medium Library Category: Halton Hills Public Library for: Sustainable Cards Project
  • Large Library Category: Vaughan Public Library for: Vaughan Poetry Map

To view past recipients