Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award

The Insight Into Diversity Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award is a measure of an academic library’s programs and initiatives that encourage and support DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) on their campus. These include, but are not limited to, research, technology, accessibility, exhibitions, and community outreach.

A call for nominations for this award was announced in October 2023. The recipients of the award were announced in our March 2024 issue.


Insight Into Diversity Magazine Announces
2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award Recipients

Jan. 11, 2024 — Today, 56 institutions received the 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The LEAD Award honors academic libraries’ programs and initiatives that encourage and support DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) across their campus. These include, but are not limited to research, technology, accessibility, exhibitions, and community outreach.

“We know that many academic libraries are not always recognized for their dedication to diversity, inclusion, and access” says Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of Insight Into Diversity magazine. “We are proud to honor these college and university libraries as role models for other institutions of higher education.”

The recipients of the 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity Award are:

A.T. Still University
American University (Washington, DC)
Bennington College
Binghamton University
Brandeis University
Cabrillo College
California State University, San Marcos
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Chapman University
College of Marin
Colorado State University
Delta State University
Drexel University
Emory University
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Lasell University
Lehigh University
Macomb Community College
Maryville University
Marywood University
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Miami University
Mississippi State University
Moraine Valley Community College
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northern Illinois University
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Saint Joseph’s University
San Diego Mesa College
Simmons University
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
The University of Louisville Libraries,Louisville, Kentucky
The University of Maryland, College Park
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The University of the South
Towson University
UNC Greensboro
University at Albany, State University of New York
University of California, Irvine
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
University of Dayton
University of Kentucky
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
University of Portland
Virginia Tech
West Virginia University
Westminster University
William Paterson University of New Jersey