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.

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

2019 Ontario Public Library Service Awards Recipients

Angus Mowat Award for Excellence

Small Library Category: Brighton Public Library for: Pop-up Library

Medium Library Category: Orangeville Public Library for: Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion

Large Library Category: Whitby Public Library for: Bike Month Partnership

Minister’s Award for Innovation

Small Library Category: The Blue Mountains Public Library for: Reel History

Medium Library Category: King Township Public Library for: Out-of-the-Box-Collection

Large Library Category: Brampton Public Library for: Children’s Fine-Free Initiative