Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Press Releases

Read the press release about the winners of the 2014 and 2013 Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Best Practices

A “Best Practices” publication was produced to highlight outstanding work of the organizations that applied for awards in 2014 and 2013.

Statement of Purpose

Through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. The awards also encourage the continuing development of innovative methods for combating illiteracy and the wide dissemination of the most effective practices. They are intended to draw public attention to the continuing need for literacy services and to increase awareness of the importance of literacy.  By recognizing current achievements, the awards seek to inspire organizations, foundations, and other private sector groups to become involved in combating illiteracy.

Award descriptions

Note: All applications will be evaluated based on innovation, sustainability, replicability, measurable results, and evidence-based practice.

The Rubenstein Prize ($150,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy. The organization will meet the highest standards of excellence in its operations and services.  This award may be given to any organization based either inside or outside the United States.

The American Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels or the national awareness of the importance of literacy. This award may be given to any organization that is based in the United States.

The International Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization or national entity that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels. This award may be given to any organization that is based in a country outside the United States.

Guidelines

  • Each organization may only apply in one prize category.
  • In the case of multiple nominations for the same organization, the board may review only one application.
  • All applications become the property of the Library of Congress. They may be used in whole or in part as promotional, research, or educational materials.

The application period for the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards is now over. Results will be announced Aug. 30 at the National Book Festival.