The EDGE Awards are changing for EDGE2022 only.

No one could have foreseen what was ahead of us from March 2020 when the pandemic hit.

Libraries closed? It was unheard of….

The extraordinary efforts of Library Staff and their Service areas will be recognised at EDGE2022.

In every corner of the world in every Library service division, library staff stepped up. If our customers couldn’t come to us…then we would go to our customers.

This wasn’t easy, innovation had to be discovered and implemented in double quick time.

Does one of your Colleagues, Managers, Team Leaders, Service areas fit into any or all the categories below?

If yes, nominate them now. Let them know their effort and kindness did not go unnoticed.


  1. The Standout Performer Award.

A stand-out performer is the one who constantly gives their best at work. This award reflects the dedication of a Library staff member towards his or her work.  Who do you know that stood out from the rest? Who went that extra mile, over and above to make things happen?

What did they do, no more than 300 words

How did they do it, no more than 300 words

Who benefited? no more than 300 words

  1. The True Leader Award.

Leadership awards are for the guiding forces in your team. For acknowledging, coaching and mentoring others, leaders deserve to be recognised.

Who kept your team motivated? no more than 300 words

Who made sure you, as well as your customers were kept safe and well? no more than 300 words

Who made sure you were never alone, and could do your job in these difficult circumstances? no more than 300 words

  1. Service Excellence Award

The Service Excellence award identifies a team or section area who changed the path of libraries in their community to be the best it could be under pandemic pressures and can act as role models from whom others can learn for a better library future.

What innovative plan did they make and implement? no more than 300 words

Who did this plan reach, what difference did it make? no more than 300 words

What lessons were learned to enable this plan to be embedded in the libraries future? no more than 300 words

The awards are open to global applications. 

Finalists in each category will receive:-

2 x Delegate package (2 day conference & awards dinner) complimentary – no accommodation, however this can be booked by us @ £145 per room inc. breakfast, payable on departure or invoiced in advance.


EDGE2022 applications will be accepted in a word document and emailed  to

Finalists will be announced 10th February 2022, complimentary & discounted places must be booked by 14th February 2022.

1) Be honest about what you are good at and how you can demonstrate this to the judges.

2) Remember that you must prove to the judges that you are the best organisation that entered the particular award or category in order to win.

3) To impress the judges your entry must stand out. Talk is cheap, the judges will want to see proof of any claims you make about being the best, offering great service, value for money, being innovative etc, so be sure to provide that proof.

4) The world is full of great ideas that sound good but didn’t work or make any money in reality. You must demonstrate that your idea or service has a market, that there is a demand from that market and that it is sustainable.

5) Write in plain English and keep it simple.

Winners of EDGE2020 Awards

Physical Section

Community Hub Development Programme – Leeds Libraries

Social Section

Explore Labs – York Libraries & Archives

Digital Section

100% Digital Tablet Lending Scheme – Leeds Libraries 

Winners for EDGE2019

Winner Physical category –  Norwood Library & Picturehouse

Winner Social category – – Redbridge Libraries with The Final Party

Winner Digital category – Live Life, Aberdeenshire

Winners for EDGE2018

Winner Physical category – Redbridge Central Library with Transformation Project

Winner Social Category – Glasgow Life with Financial Capability Project

Winner Digital Category – South Lanarkshire Libraries with ActiveE

Winners for EDGE2017 

Physical award winner is :-

Library at Kelvin Hall: National library of Scotland

Social Award winner is :-

Digi-PALS, Glasgow Life 

Digital Award winner is :-

Digi Dabble, North Ayrshire

WINNERS for EDGE2016 awards….

Physical Category

Barrhead Foundry Library & Sports Centre Intregration Project from East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure Ltd.

Social Category

Stradbroke Library Post Office from Suffolk’s Libraries Industrial & Provident Society (Suffolk Libraries).

Many congratulations to our winners.

Many congratulations to our runners up.

The Stromness Library and The Friends of Broughty Ferry.

Winners EDGE2015

From all the EDGE Team and our wonderful judges …

Many congratulations to our winners.

The Physical Category

Manchester City Libraries – Central Library Transformation Project

The Social Category

Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries – Volunteering Programme

The Digital Category

Manchester Central Library – Archives+

EDGE2014 Winners

The Physical Category

Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries

The Social Category

Dementia Awareness for Children, Stockton Library

The Digital/Virtual Category

Get Connected with Suffolk Libraries

EDGE2013 Winners

The Physical Category, sponsored by The Design Concept:

London Borough of Southwark –

Canada Water Library

The Social Category, sponsored by Capita

Northamptonshire Libraries –

Enterprise Hubs

The Virtual/Digital Category, Sponsored by BT Scotland

The Publishers Association and The Reading Agency –

Reading Partners Digital Skills Sharing Project

The free and discounted places associated with the finalists in each category are NON Transferable and only apply to the year of the awards in which they are offered.