CCPL tops list of America's star libraries

CCPL tops list of America's star libraries

Release date: 11/26/2018

Among the nation's largest library systems, CCPL earns highest overall score in annual index of public library service 

Parma, OH – November 12, 2018 – For the ninth consecutive year (2010-2018), 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. CCPL has also received the LJ Index's prestigious five-star rating for the tenth consecutive year (2009-2018).

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 and eCirculation (e.g. circulation of eBooks, streaming video, streaming 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.

CCPL earned the LJ Index’s highest overall score (1,930) among libraries in its peer group, a list that includes America's largest metropolitan library systems. Among its peers, CCPL ranked first in number of visitors per capita (11.00 visitors per capita); second in circulation (26.33 items per capita), e-circulation (3.49 items per capita) and public internet computer users (2.37 users per capita); and seventh in program attendance (0.54 programs attended per capita). 

“We look forward to the LJ Index each year because it is a strong indicator of how our library system is performing in terms of delivering return on investment," said CCPL Executive Director Sari Feldman. "It is also an indicator of the strength of our commitment to providing excellent services to our community. To have earned the LJ Index's top score for nine years in a row and its five-star rating for ten years in a row is a tremendous source of pride for our organization because it demonstrates the consistency of our commitment to CCPL's mission, vision and core values. That commitment is what keeps our customers coming back again and again."  

The 2018 LJ Index ratings were derived from the Public Library Survey (PLS) of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The current round of PLS data was released in April 2018 for FY16. A total of 7,361 U.S. public libraries were scored in groupings based on total operating expenditures. Within each group, libraries were rated based on their differences from the means (or averages) of the five per capita statistics.

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

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