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.

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

2015 Ontario Public Library Service Awards Recipients


Angus Mowat Award for Excellence

  • Small Library Category: Whitestone Hagerman Memorial Public Library for: iLearn
  • Medium Library Category: Huntsville Public Library for: Sustainability @HPL
  • Large Library Category: Kingston Frontenac Public Library for: King Con
  • Large Library Category: Brampton Public Library for: Welcoming Newcommers for Settlement Success

Minister's Award for Innovation

  • Small Library Category: Cochrane Public Library for: The Next Chapter
  • Medium Library Category: Innisfil Public Library for: Ready, Set, Action! Green Screening with Do Ink
  • Large Library Category: Markham Public Library for: Markham Public Library Customer Service revolution