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. 

Due to COVID-19, the ministry has decided to do commendations for the 2020 award year. Once more information comes available, we will update this page. 

2019 Ontario Public Library Service Awards Shortlist 

The Blue Mountains Public Library - Reel History
Brampton Public Library - Children’s Fine-Free Initiative
Brighton Public Library - Brighton Pop Up Library
Cambridge Public Library Idea Exchange - The Old Post Office
Hamilton Public Library - Extended Access Library Service
King Township Public Library - Out-of-the-Box-Collection
Niagara Falls Public Library - Lunch Bunch
Norfolk County Public Library - Norfolk Remembers
Orangeville Public Library - Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion
Pembroke Public Library - Newcomer Support and Multicultural Festival
Selwyn Public Library - Sharing Dance Seniors
St. Marys Public Library - St. Marys Public Library and Recreation Facility Aquatics Pass Initiative
Trent Lakes Public Library - Q-munity Project
Whitby Public Libraries - Bike Month Partnership

2018 Ontario Public Library Service Awards Recipients


Angus Mowat Award for Excellence 

  • Small Library Category: Bkejwanong First Nation Public Library for: Bkejwanong Library Loves Literacy
  • Medium Library Category: Orillia Public Library for: Remembrance Day Interactive Exhibit
  • Large Library Category: Vaughan Public Libraries for: Customer Experience Model

Minister's Award for Innovation

  • Small Library Category: Arnprior Public Library for: Music of Your Life (Music and Memory Program)
  • Medium Library Category: Pickering Public Library for: Pickering Public Library Connect
  • Large Library Category: Simcoe County Public Library for: Simcoe County Libraries Immigrant Hub

To view past recipients