The Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award is conferred annually to libraries that demonstrate consistent excellence and outstanding contributions to public library services within their communities. Difficult to attain, in 2017 of the 550+ public libraries in Texas, only 52 libraries received the award.


To receive the award a library must submit any application that shows they exhibit excellence in 10 service areas which include:

  1. Workforce development though services offered to the unemployed and underemployed;
  2. Digital inclusion though online services that teach computer skills, offer online access, and provide remote online library services;
  3. Offer services to under-served and special populations to assure that these segments of the community are not left behind;
  4. Introduce new services or enhance existing services within the year;
  5. Provide programs that offer cultural, topical & educational opportunities;
  6. Offer literacy support services;
  7. Offer summer reading programs;
  8. Engage in collaborative partnerships;
  9. Use innovative marketing to make the community aware of library services; and
  10. Provide staff training to keep staff skills sharp and stay abreast of library service trends and changes.


About TMLDA:

The Texas Municipal Library Director’s Association (TMLDA) is an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League. The League has over 1,100 member cities. TMLDA has recognized outstanding contributions to library service through the Achievement in Library Excellence award. Dedicated to meeting the public library challenges in the 21st century, TMLDA works to raise awareness about municipal public libraries and public library issues, support and advocate for improve methods of public library service, and maintain high standards of professional ethics.