Worthington Libraries named 2012 5-Star Library

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 11:43 am

In its latest round of evaluation of public libraries nationwide, Library Journal has once again awarded Worthington Libraries a five-star rating.

Library Journal Index 2012 Star Library logo

Library Journal recently announced its Index of Public Library Service, and for the fifth time 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 earn a starred rating, a library must:

  • provide public service statistics, including materials checked out, patron visits, public Internet computer use and program attendance (libraries were evaluated on these items relative to the performance of other libraries in their peer group);
  • meet the Institute of Museum & Library Services definition of a public library;
  • have $10,000 or more in total operating expenditures annually; and
  • serve a legal service area population of 1,000 or more residents.

More than 7,500 libraries across the country were evaluated, but only 262 received a starred rating. Only 87 libraries received a five-star rating.

Worthington Libraries was highlighted by Library Journal because we have achieved a five-star rating in all five editions. Only 30 libraries nationwide have achieved this distinction.

Worthington Libraries was ranked second in its peer group, behind the Redwood City (CA) Public Library.

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