For the 7th time, the Akron-Summit County Public Library has been recognized as a Star Library in the latest round of the LJ Index of Public Library Service, a national rating of public libraries in the Library Journal.
America’s Star Libraries identifies 258 libraries nationwide that are delivering exceptional service. Overall, the LJ Index scores 7,586 public libraries with total expenditures of $10,000 or more that serve populations of at least 1,000, according to four per capita output measures of public service—number of items borrowed, visits, program attendance and public Internet use.
“Our library scored 18th out of 113 libraries in our expenditure category ($10,000,000 to $30,000,000) and received a Four-Star rating,” said library director David Jennings. “We appreciate the recognition, and we are thankful for our community’s support.”
LJ released the first LJ Index in February, 2009. This latest rating is based on 2012 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Comprised of Main Library, 17 branch libraries and mobile services, the Akron-Summit County Public Library provides resources for learning and leisure, information services, meeting spaces, and programs for all ages that support, improve, and enrich individual, family, and community life.