Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester Public Library has been named a finalist for a prestigious national award.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the Rochester library is one of 30 institutions nationwide in the running for this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

“Knowing we are included within the top 30, out of thousands of institutions nationwide, is a great honor,” says Library Director Audrey Betcher, adding, “In 2012 representatives from throughout Rochester and
Olmsted County participated in the library’s strategic planning process which led to an increased focus on inclusivity, innovation and creativity.”

10 of the finalists will be selected to receive National Medals during an upcoming ceremony in Washington D.C. Only two Minnesota libraries have ever received the honor. The St. Paul Library was honored in 2005 and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library was recognized in 2011.