In February 2009, Library Journal unveiled its tool for ranking America's libraries, and Worthington Libraries received a five-star rating the best possible in its category of libraries with total annual operating expenditures of over $5 million but less than $10 million.
To be included, a library must achieve four criteria:
Libraries were evaluated on each service indicator relative to the performance of other libraries in their peer group. Over 7,000 libraries were evaluated, but only 256 received a starred rating. Only 84 libraries received a five-star rating.
Worthington Libraries was ranked second in its peer group, behind only the Shaker Heights Public Library in Shaker Heights, Ohio.