The 2017 nomination period closed March 13. Stay tuned for our finalists announcement in June 2017!

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Charles H. Revson Foundation, in association with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, are excited to host the fourth annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards! Last year, library patrons across the city submitted close to 19,000 nominations during the four-week nomination period. Thank you to those who joined us this year in celebrating and honoring the vital role that public libraries play in our communities!



  • Six NYC branch libraries will win an award and receive $20,000 each  
  • Five additional finalist libraries will receive $10,000 each
  • All eleven finalists will be publicly honored at an award ceremony in Fall 2017
  • At least one branch from each of New York City's three public library systems (Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library, and New York Public Library) will receive a NYC Neighborhood Library Award
  • There is no quota for any borough/county



    • Library branches will be judged based on the quality of the nominations, NOT on the greatest number of votes
    • Nominations will be vetted by a philanthropic review committee
    • Ten finalists will be selected and announced in June 2017
    • Five branch libraries will be selected by a panel of judges to receive a NYC Neighborhood Library Award
    • The Heckscher Foundation for Children will select one additional branch library to receive $20,000 and the Heckscher Prize for Outstanding Service to Children and Youth



    • Everyone is eligible to nominate a branch, including individuals, elected officials, library staff, and representatives of community groups and businesses
    • A library may NOT nominate itself, but a library staff member may submit a nomination for any branch, including his/her branch of employment
    • Non-NYC residents who use NYC libraries are welcome to submit nominations
    • You may nominate only ONE library for a NYC Neighborhood Library Award
    • You may submit only ONE nomination
    • Nominated libraries must be a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library, or New York Public Library (which operates in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island)
    • The library you nominate does not have to be located in the borough where you live. For example, some people most frequently use the library near their workplace or school.
    • The strongest nominations will explain why a library branch should win this award, using specific examples and personal anecdotes
    • Online nominations are strongly encouraged, but you may request a paper nomination form at your local library or by calling the Revson Foundation at 212-935-3340 ext. 0
    • Nominations will be accepted in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Polish, Arabic, and Urdu.
    •  The following six branch libraries that won the Award in 2015-2016 are NOT eligible to participate in the 2016-2017 Awards: Morrisania Library (Bronx), Jerome Park Library (Bronx), Arverne Library (Queens), Glen Oaks Library (Queens), Sunset Park Library (Brooklyn), and Inwood Library (Manhattan).