Contra Costa Library wins National Award

Contra Costa Library, National Medal, library servicesThe Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced Contra Costa County Library as one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities. The National Medal was be presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on November 14.

The National Medal presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on November 14, recognizes Contra Costa County Library work to reshape how residents access library services on the go.

Snap & Go, a smart phone application, uses QR codes to give the Library a deeper reach into the community, putting library resources like ebooks and text-reference, literally, into the hands of commuters on buses and in transit stations.

Library-a-Go-Go book lending machines bring library service to the people both in underserved locations and in spaces where people gather, like shopping malls.

And Discover & Go, their latest innovation, allows libraries throughout Northern California to offer their cardholders access to downloadable free passes to local museums and a wide range of cultural institutions.

By making this service available to other libraries, Contra Costa County Library is changing the way libraries do business with each other and helping library cardholders throughout the region be aware of and gain access to local culture.

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  1. Doing the work says

    Our library system is not only on the cutting edge of technology but participates actively in encouraging reading. The Early Literacy program coordinates with many service providers who connect with families and children throughout our county. Literacy matters and we should support the library in our community in whatever way each of us can.

  2. says

    I am very proud that our County Wide system was given this NATIONAL award. We have extensive varieties in sizes and scopes of ourlibraries in the County and innovations, services across such a spectrum being recognized is fantastic.

    Edi Birsan
    Concord Friends of the Library