With judges including children's author R.L. Stine and WNYC host Kurt Andersen, five libraries were selected from ten finalists among libraries citywide.
The libraries were judged on criteria that included programs offered, community services and whether the library matched the spirit of the community.
The winning libraries received $10,000 grants.
The competition was created by the Charles H. Revson foundation, a group active in urban issues across New York City.
“These five libraries are truly outstanding and reflect the extraordinarily important role that neighborhood libraries play in communities all across the city,” said Julie Sandorf, president of the foundation. “It was especially moving to see, throughout the entire selection process, the passion of the nominators and their gratitude for the often life-changing contributions of the neighborhood library.”
Nominations were collected at the beginning of the summer, and more than 4,300 residents nominated their community libraries for consideration.