Awards and Recognition

Windsor Public Library has a reputation for innovative delivery of programs and services. See why we are Canada’s most award-winning library.

2021 The John Muir Branch of the Windsor Public Library received a 2021 Ontario Library Association (OLA) Library Building Award in the library architectural and design transformation category, which recognizes additions, renovations, restorations and conversions to library use across Ontario.
2020 The Windsor Public Library received a CoW Pandemic Pivot Award, which reflects the innovative and adaptive fashion in which it shifted focus to online services and programming during the Covid-19 shutdown.
2020 The John Muir Branch of the Windsor Public Library received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation.
2020 The John Muir Branch received a 2020 Built Heritage Award from the City of Windsor recognizing excellent stewardship and heritage conservation efforts.
2015 Ontario Library Association Joyce Cunningham Award for Public Library Board of the Year.
2012 Canadian Library Association Award for Innovation Technology – Tomorrow Today.
2011 Ontario Public Library Service Award – Help for Job Hunters.
2009 CLTA / Stan Heath Achievement in Literacy AwardAdult Literacy program was recognized for excellence in literacy training by the Canadian Library Trustees Association.
2006 Canadian Library Association – Information Today Award for Innovative Technology  –  digital exhibit, Le Progrès.
2004 Technology Planning Award from WebJunction – recognizing creative and effective technology planning.
2004 Canadian Library Association – Information Today Award for Innovative Technology  – Health GIS – Digital Alliance.
2004 Recognized by CULTURE.CA which selected Settling Canada’s South: How Windsor Was Made as their featured website for September 2004. The website was developed by the Windsor-Essex Centre of Digital Expertise
2004 Recognized as one of the pre-eminent child-focused library systems in North America. Selected as a runner-up in the 2004 School Library Journal/Gale Thompson Giant Step Award, which identified the Kaysandra and Christopher Curtis Children’s Learning Centre as being innovative and having a significant impact on children in the community. WPL was the only Canadian entry to receive recognition
2003 Ontario Public Library Service Angus Mowat Award of ExcellenceKaysandra and Christopher Paul Curtis Children’s Learning Centre, Central Library.
2002 Honourable Mention – 2002 OLITA Award for Technological Innovation together with the
The University of Windsor’s Leddy Library for WIBS – the Windsor Internet Booking System.
2002 Industry Canada LibraryNet Best Practices Award in the Website Category. iCity- Historic Sites of Walkerville website (2002)
2001 RoweCom Marketing AwardMillennium Card Project
2001 Industry Canada LibraryNet Best Practices Award for Innovative use of Information and Communications Technologies to Enhance Services to the Public – Online Book Club.
2000 Minister’s Award for Innovation in the 2000 Public Library Service Awards, Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation – Electronic Books
2000 Ontario Library and Information Technology Association Award for Technological Innovation – WERLnet.
2000 Industry Canada LibraryNet Best Practices Award in the Category of Community Partnerships – WeConnect Project.
2000 Ontario Public Library Service Award for P.O.W.E.R Surfers project
1999 Technology in Government Distinction Award WERLnet