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Posted on: March 14, 2019


The Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library in Opelika has been selected to receive the 2019 Gold Standard Award for Public Libraries. At this time, Gold Level Standard Award is the highest level of achievement attainable by a public library in Alabama, followed by the Silver Level and Bronze Level Awards.

Public libraries that receive the Gold Award serve as benchmarks for other public libraries across the state. Libraries are rated on facility, planning, administration and governance, collection, services, technology and several other categories.

"While we are excited to receive this award, it was only possible because of the hard work of Cooper Library staff, the support from the City of Opelika administration, and because of the people of Opelika whom we enjoy serving every day. We are proud to be a community connecting point for Opelika. We are so much more than a dusty warehouse for books,” said Rosanna McGinnis, Cooper Library Director.

The award is given by the Public Libraries Division of the Alabama Library Association (ALLA). ALLA is a non-profit corporation formed to encourage and promote the welfare of libraries and professional interests of librarians in the State of Alabama. The purpose of the Public Library Division of the Alabama Library Association is to promote public library service and development throughout Alabama. Alabama Public Library Standards of Achievement Awards recognize superior planning and levels of excellence attained by exceptional public libraries in Alabama.

“From Silver in 2018 to Gold in 2019, I can’t say enough about Rosanna and her team. This award just proves that their efforts are making an impact on our community,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.

For more information, please contact Rosanna McGinnis at Cooper Library at 334-705-5385 or

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