CCPL named America's Star Library for 9th Year

CCPL named America's Star Library for 9th Year

Release date: 12/11/2017

Cuyahoga County Public Library tops list of America's star libraries for eighth year in a row   
Among the nation's largest library systems, CCPL leads in per capita circulation and visits

Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) has received the highest overall score in Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service (LJ Index), sponsored by Baker & Taylor's CollectConnect, for the eighth consecutive year (2010-2017). CCPL has also received the LJ Index's prestigious five-star rating for the ninth consecutive year (2009-2017), joining only four other library systems in its peer group to receive the LJ Index’s highest honor. 
Published annually, the LJ Index compares U.S. libraries with their peers based on five per capita output measures:

  • circulation of physical materials (e.g. books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, etc.)
  • number of visitors
  • program attendance
  • public internet computer use
  • eCirculation (e.g. circulation of eBooks, streaming video and downloadable audio). 
Star Library ratings of five, four and three stars are awarded to libraries that generate the highest combined per capita outputs among their spending peers.
In 2017, 7,409 U.S. public libraries were rated by the LJ Index. The 2017 ratings are based on data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for FY15. Rating scores are computed by measuring the relationship between each library’s per capita outputs and the averages for peer libraries in their expenditure category. CCPL earned the LJ Index’s highest overall score (1,912) among libraries in its peer group – 349 points higher than the next closest library system to make the list.  
Among its peers, CCPL ranked first in circulation (31.80 items per capita) and number of visitors (12.00 visits per capita), second in public computer use (2.50 hours per capita), third in eCirculation (3.10 items per capita), and ninth in program attendance (0.50 programs attended per capita).  

To have earned the LJ Index's five-star rating for nine years in a row is a tremendous achievement for our library system," said CCPL Executive Director Sari Feldman. "Our sustained success speaks to the strength our ongoing commitment to excellence and the vitality of our library system as a center of community life and learning for all county residents."     

Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the field of library service, with more than 100,000 readers. The LJ Index rating system was first introduced in 2008 to recognize and promote America’s public libraries, to help improve the pool of nationally collected library statistics, and to encourage library self-evaluation. For more information about the LJ Index, visit

About Cuyahoga County Public Library
At Cuyahoga County Public Library we are committed to our mission of being at the center of community life by creating an environment where reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement thrive and our vision to be the most convenient library system in the country.

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Communications & External Relations Director
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