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Financial Aid & Awards

Financial Aid for Professional Development

We support Maine's Library staff by providing the Phyllis E. Ainsworth Scholarship for Maine residents pursuing a degree in library science, and by offering interest-free loans to support library education or professional development. Scholarships and loans are supported, administered and conferred by the Scholarship and Loan Committee. We also offer small loans to help defray the cost of MLA membership or attending our annual conference. 

Phyllis E. Ainsworth Scholarship

A $2,000 scholarship for Maine Residents seeking a graduate degree in Library Sciences. 

Conference Grants

Grants of up to $250 to help defray the cost of MLA membership or annual conference attendance. 


We are pleased to recognize outstanding contributions to Maine's Libraries with annual awards, conferred at our annual conference

Outstanding Librarian of the Year Award

Recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to the Maine Library Community.

Journalism Award

Recognizes the most outstanding print or broadcast story about Maine Libraries.

Youth Services Section Awards

The Youth Services Section also recognizes the contributions of Maine authors and illustrators to youth literature.

The Lupine Award

Awarded to recognize a Maine author or illustrator of a juvenile or young adult work which features Maine.

The Katahdin Award

A life-time achievement award given to a Maine author or illustrator for an outstanding body of work in children's literature. 

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