Indiana University Libraries has been named Library of the Year by the U.S. Government Publishing Office. IU says the award recognizes the creative ways the library connects people with information about the federal government.
The library’s staff was honored with the award during the virtual Federal Depository Library Conference. IU says the Herman B Wells Library is one of just over 1,000 designated libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program, 30 of which operate in Indiana.
“IU was named a Federal Depository Library by Senator Benjamin Harrison in 1881,” said Carolyn Walters, the Ruth Lilly dean of University Libraries. “We can now reflect upon nearly 140 years of service to our nation, and to the people specifically in this region. I want this award to recognize not just those of us here today to accept it, but to celebrate the countless years of individual dedication to the notion that democracy thrives through citizen access to information.”
The university says the library’s efforts to help people become more engaged was listed as one of the reasons for the award.
Each year, the Government Publishing Office recognizes a federal depository library “that furthers its mission of ensuring the American public has free access to government information in extraordinary ways.”
As a federal depository, IU says its library receives free government materials and must make that information available to the public. IU offers Census documents, government reports and public papers of past presidents.