Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for
It was established by in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born
philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made
industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience
of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "if
ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free
Carnegie set up more than 2800 libraries across the English speaking
world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities
in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.
First awarded to Arthur Ransome for ‘Pigeon Post’,
the winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books
to donate to a library of their choice.
The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library
and Information Professionals.