January 4, 2021
Rated 5 stars in glitter and gold

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

Over the 13 editions of the published index of Star Libraries, six U.S. public libraries earned a five-star rating each and every year. Worthington Libraries is one of those six libraries. 

To earn a starred rating, a library must:

  • provide public service statistics, including circulation of physical materials, circulation of electronic materials, library visits, program attendance, public internet computer use, public Wi-Fi use and use of online resources (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.

For 2020, 5,608 U.S. public libraries were scored on the Index of Public Library Service and 262 received stars. Of those, 85 received a five-star rating. 

Worthington Libraries was evaluated in a category of libraries with total annual operating expenditures of over $5 million but less than $10 million. 

There are 31 starred libraries in Ohio— ranking second in the U.S.— including five of our partner libraries in the Central Library Consortium: Bexley Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, Upper Arlington Public Library and Wagnalls Memorial Library.

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Lisa F

I'm the library's director of community engagement. When not reading, I can usually be found hiking, watching hockey or taking a nap. 

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