The Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal for Museum and Library Service has recognized the Richland Library System of South Carolina with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This award is the nation’s highest honor for outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

Richland Library is one of 10 institutions nationwide to receive the award this year. The Sextant Group performed master technology planning for the Richland system in 2014, and is currently delivering audiovisual and information technology refresh, security and acoustics renovation for the main library plus nine branch facilities across the Columbia SC metro region. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.

Executive Director Melanie Huggins says, “We can proudly say that Richland County is home to one of the top libraries in the country… setting new standards to what a library can be in a community.” All ten winners will be honored at a National Medal award ceremony in Washington, DC this summer.

The Sextant Group has helped design numerous award-winning libraries, include North Carolina State University’s J.B. Hunt Library, the City of Norfolk’s Slover Library, the University of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library, and Santa Clara University’s Orradre Library, Harrington Learning Commons, and Sobrato Technology Center.

Photo provided courtesy of Richland Library