The Los Angeles Public Library has won a National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the most prestigious award for libraries and museums, given yearly to 10 cultural institutions.
The L.A. institution was the only California library this year to win the medal, given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
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April 24, 1:30 p.m. An earlier version of this post misquoted the news release from the institute, saying the library was chosen "for its success in meeting the needs of IMLS."
Szabo became city librarian in 2012, appointed by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "My father would drop me at the library while he played in a bowling league," Szabo told The Times that year. "I loved this space where I could explore every subject under the sun. But I was also fascinated by what went on behind the circulation desk."
Szabo will accept the award on behalf of the library at a ceremony in Washington in May.