Chapter I: Voting for the Best Public Library

Update: The round of 32 bracket will be revealed on Saturday. As of Friday morning, more than 10,000 votes have been cast.

Update: News coverage of the Leslie B. Knope Award – Evansville nominated for national award and Real life Pawnee: Evansville library in running for Leslie Knope award

Last year, we awarded the prestigious Leslie B. Knope Award to Peoria City Hall. This year, we’re highlighting the best public libraries! From the historic to modern, functional to quaint, and urban to rural, the voting for the best public library in America begins this week. We’ll narrow the list below to the 32 best libraries which will be entered into the bracket challenge with a round each week. Use #ELGLKnope to show your support for your favorite library. Questions? Contact Kent at More info on ELGL is available at In the News and Membership.

Learn more about libraries at Double Shot: Aspen Institute and Public Libraries and


January 22 to 26 – First round of voting

January 29 to February 2- Round of 32

February 5 to 9 – Sweet 16

February 12 to 16 – Elite Eight

February 19 to 23 – Final Four

February 26 to March 2 – National Championship

Vote! Vote! Vote!

* You can only vote once. 

List of Nominees


Main Branch, Gadsden, AL


Z.J. Loussac Library, Anchorage, AK


Main Library, Mesa, AZ

Public Library, Sierra Vista, AZ

Clark Memorial Library – Yavapai County Free Library District, Clarkdale, AZ


Roosevelt Thompson, Little Rock, AR

Hillary Clinton Children’s, Little Rock, AR

Main Library, Little Rock, AR


Main Library, Oakland, CA

Public Library, Sausalito, CA

Central Library, Livermore, CA

Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Torrance, CA

Archibald Library, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Paul A. Biane Library, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Downtown Library, Redwood City, CA

City Library, Downey, CA


Main Library, Boulder, CO

Central Library, Aurora, CO

Pueblo City-County Library District, Pueblo, CO

Library 21c, Colorado Springs, CO


Downtown Public Library, Hartford, CT


Public Library, Dover, DE


Public Library, Largo, FL

Public Library, Leesburg, FL

Downtown Library, Boca Raton, FL

Spanish River Library, Boca Raton, FL

Public Library, Duneding, FL

Gulf Beaches Public Library, Madeira Beach, FL

Nassau County Public Library – Fernandina Beach Branch, Fernandina Beach, FL

Public Library, North Miami Beach, FL

Public Library, Safety Harbor, FL

Downtown Public Library, Saint Joseph, FL

Public Library, Sanibel, FL

Hendry County Library System Central Library, Clewiston, FL

Public Library, Temple Terrace, FL


Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA


Kihei Public Library, Kihei, HI


Nampa Public Library, Nampa, ID


Public Library, Glencoe, IL

Public Library, Effingham, IL

South Elgin Branch , South Elgin, IL

Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, IL

Public Library, Normal, IL


Main Library, Bend, IN

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Evansville, IN


Downtown Library, Cedar Rapids, IA

Public Library, Iowa City, IA


Public Library, Lawrence, KS


Main Library, Bowling Green, KY


Ouachita Parish Public Library, Monroe, LA


Public Library, Bangor, ME


C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick, MD


Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood, MA

Jonathon Bourne Public Library, Bourne, MA


Public Library, Sterling Heights, MI

Central Library, Grosse Point, MI

Bennett Civic Center Library, Livonia, MI


Minneapolis Central Library (Hennepin County Library), Minneapolis, MN

Public Library, Owatonna, MN

George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul, MN


Carnegie Library, Jackson, MS


Public Library (Central), St. Louis, MO

Public Library, Joplin, MO

Public Library – Central Branch, Kansas City, MO

Public Library, University City, MO


Public Library, Bozeman, MT


Lied Public Library, Scottsbluff, NE


Public Library, Carson City, NV

New Hampshire

Public Library, Concord, NH

New Jersey

Public Library, Princeton, NJ

New Mexico

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Las Cruces, NM

New York

Frederick Douglass Community Library, Rochester, NY

North Carolina

Community Library, Cary, NC

Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC

Public Library, Goldsboro, NC

North Dakota

Public Library, Grand Forks, ND


Public Library, Bexley, OH

Cleveland Heights – Public Library, University Heights, OH


Public Library, Lawton, OK


City Library, Beaverton, OR

Downtown Library, Eugene, OR

Brookwood Library, Hillsboro, OR

Shute Park Library, Hillsboro, OR

Ledding Library – Milwaukie, OR

Public Library, Mt. Angel, OR

Public Library, West Linn, OR


Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Raymond M. Blasco M.D. Memorial Library, Erie, MN

Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, PA

Township Library, Upper St. Clair, PA

Rhode Island

Central Library, Warwick, RI

South Carolina

Headquarters Library, Spartanburg, SC

South Dakota

Downtown Library, Sioux Falls, SD


Downtown Library, Chattanooga, TN

Main Library, Nashville, TN


Public Library, Baytown, TX

Public Library, Lewisville, TX

Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne, TX


Provo Library at Academy Square Provo, UT


Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, VT


Public Library, Williamsburg, VA


Central Library, Seattle, WA

Community Library, Vancouver, WA

West Virginia

Main Library, Charleston, WV


Alice Baker Library, Eagle, WI

Public Library, Altoona, WI

Central Library (South Central Library System), Madison, WI

Public Library, Rice Lake, WI

Public Library, River Falls, WI

Public Library, Milton, WI

Central Branch, Milwaukee, WI

Public Library, West Allis, WI

Public Library, Platteville, WI

Public Library, Winneconne, WI

Public Library, Reedsburg, WI


Main Library, Casper, WY

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