What is National Library Workers Day?

NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Thank you for making the 2014 National Library Workers Day a success. We have closed the form for this year, but please visit the Galaxy of Stars

The 2015 Stars Form will be available by March 2015.

How will you celebrate
National Library Workers Day?

  • Libraries, library workers, managers, and patrons, did you know you can submit a Star to honor a great worker, team, or department?

  • Libraries, library workers, and managers can also use the day as an opportunity to send out an all-user or all-department email in honor of NLWD, thanking staff or colleagues for their excellence.

  • Union locals can participate too! Try hosting a NLWD celebration for union members, or dedicating a member meeting to honor the day.

  • For librarian social groups and organizations, NLWD is a great time to organize a NLWD potluck or meetup to celebrate and support each other’s expertise and talent.

  • Library workers can take the initiative by decorating staff spaces with NLWD posters and organizing a get-together during break time to recognize the hard work that makes your library great.

  • State ALA Chapters, did you know that Texas, Illinois, New Jersey and Mississippi topped the list for most stars nominated in 2012? NLWD is a great opportunity for State ALA Chapters to celebrate and highlight the significant contributions of library workers in their state on their websites and in their publications

  • Library Friends and Trustees can sponsor NLWD activities and gifts to thank and highlight library staff for their achievements and dedication.

  • For academic library HR departments, NLWD is a perfect mid-semester opportunity to circulate messages of thanks and gifts to busy staff.

  • For budget-strapped libraries, there are many reasonably priced NLWD items for sale in the NLWD store. However, a heartfelt “thank you” to staff and colleagues is always free!

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“Amos is a Star because he is funny and I like him alot.
Maddie, age 4 ½; Erie, PA.

Star-Gaze by State:


See the Stars among the staff at the American Library Association (ALA)

On January 25, 2003, a resolution was proposed:

That in order to recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians that the Tuesday of National Library Week be designated National Library Workers Day; and, that on that day, interested library workers, library groups, and libraries should advocate for better compensation for all library workers and, if the day coincides with National Pay Equity Day, these individuals, groups, and libraries should recognize both days together.