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CCPL Tops List of America's Star Libraries

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

Parma, OH – December 15, 2021 – For the 12th consecutive year (2010-2021), Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) has received the highest overall score among its peers in Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service (Index). CCPL has also received the Index's prestigious five-star rating for 13 consecutive years (2009-2021).

Published annually, the Index compares U.S. libraries with their peers based on per capita output measures. Ratings of five, four and three stars are awarded to libraries that generate the highest combined per capita outputs among their spending peers. Within its peer group – which includes America's largest library systems – CCPL earned the Index's highest overall rating, scoring 1,932 total points. The 2021 Index was derived from data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for FY19. A total of 5,846 U.S. public libraries were scored in groupings based on total operating expenditures.

"CCPL's long run at the top of Library Journal's rating system is unique," said CCPL Executive Director Tracy Strobel. "No library has ever had a 12-year run like we are enjoying now. It is a testament to our organization's deep commitment to providing excellent library service, our dedicated staff, and the tremendous support we receive from our communities."

This is how CCPL compares to other large library systems in terms of per capita usage:

  • 1st in overall score
  • 1st in number of visitors
  • 1st in public computer use
  • 3rd in circulation of physical materials (e.g. books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs)
  • 3rd in electronic retrievals
  • 5th in e-circulation (e.g. circulation of eBooks, streaming video, streaming and downloadable audio)
  • 6th in number of Wi-Fi sessions
  • 11th in program attendance

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 Index, visit

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