September 23, 2014

LJ Index 2012: The Star Libraries

Welcome to the latest update on America’s Star Libraries and the data that earn them that distinction. The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat, is based on 2010 data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Below are the libraries that received stars from the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012, divided into peer groups by expenditure category.

To see the scores of all 7570 libraries included, go to Find a Library.

Note on the tables:

Data in these tables are sorted initially by number of stars and score.

All of the tables are resortable. For example, to sort within an expenditure range by circulation per capita, click the “Circulation per Capita” cell in the head row of the table.

The first sort will be descending, another click will switch to ascending.

To sort by another criterion, select another cell in the head row of the table.

To sort the table by two criteria at the same time, first click the header column you’d like to be the initial sort factor. Then add a secondary sort by holding shift while selecting a another column.

You can also use the search box at the top right corner of the table to search for and filter text in the table.

Expenditure Range $30,000,000+

StarsLibraryStateCirculation Per CapitaVisits Per CapitaProgram Attendance Per CapitaPublic Internet Terminal Uses Per CapitaScore
*****Cuyahoga County Public Library, ParmaOH35.913.40.562.11654
*****Seattle Public LibraryWA18.611.40.262.61157
*****Multnomah County LibraryOR31.38.00.441.31114
*****Columbus Metropolitan LibraryOH17.28.20.432.21077
*****King County Library System, IssaquahWA16.87.70.322.91074
****Santa Clara County Library, Los GatosCA27.78.60.351.41038
****Cleveland Public LibraryOH15.28.60.332.3996
****Pl of Cincinnati And Hamilton CountyOH19.27.60.381.7943
****San Francisco Public LibraryCA12.58.20.401.7900
****Consolidated Lib. Dist. No. 3, IndependenceMO14.17.20.481.4896
***San Jose Public LibraryCA14.67.50.332.0882
***Toledo-Lucas County Public LibraryOH15.66.80.242.1813
***Hennepin County Library, MinnetonkaMN15.04.90.182.5739
***Charlotte Mecklenburg LibraryNC7.96.50.341.4668
***Las Vegas-Clark County Library DistrictNV9.44.90.371.5655

Expenditure Range $10,000,000–$29,999,999

StarsLibraryStateCirculation Per CapitaVisits Per CapitaProgram Attendance Per CapitaPublic Internet Terminal Uses Per CapitaScore
*****Naperville Public LibraryIL34.611.10.595.91618
*****Salt Lake City Public LibraryUT20.721.10.453.11414
*****Santa Monica Public LibraryCA19.116.30.763.21395
*****Ann Arbor District LibraryMI58.011.40.401.81386
*****Middle Country Public Library, CentereachNY20.28.71.212.81321
*****Mercer County Library, LawrencevilleNJ14.38.70.645.21235
*****Arlington Heights Memorial LibraryIL34.011.40.582.21219
*****Howard County Library, ColumbiaMD24.79.50.633.01143
*****Schaumburg Township District LibraryIL19.611.90.802.01137
*****Evansville-Vanderburgh Public LibraryIN17.310.70.513.01038
****Carroll County PL, New WindsorMD24.96.80.821.91033
****Douglas County Libraries, Castle RockCO29.07.50.771.21010
****Akron-Summit Cnty Public LibraryOH15.68.60.692.6998
****Kansas City Public LibraryMO9.610.60.573.2996
****Berkeley Public LibraryCA19.314.10.381.8988
****Allen County Public Library, Fort WayneIN23.69.00.512.0954
****San Mateo County LibraryCA14.58.10.682.4941
****Arapahoe Library District, EngelwoodCO21.29.60.442.0919
****Madison Public LibraryWI17.88.80.322.9885
****Stark County District Library, CantonOH15.25.70.851.8884
***Harford County Public Library, BelcampMD20.46.80.651.6872
***Arlington Dept. Of LibrariesVA16.38.70.283.1867
***Birmingham Public LibraryAL6.710.40.373.0843
***Kent District Library, Comstock ParkMI17.59.90.471.5837
***Ctl. Rappahannock Rgnl Lib., FredericksburgVA32.09.90.190.8817
***Rochester Public LibraryNY7.18.00.722.0814
***Johnson County Library, Overland ParkKS16.96.70.163.5790
***Springfield-Greene County Library DistrictMO16.58.30.212.7783
***East Baton Rouge ParishLA5.55.00.613.0759
***Dayton Metro LibraryOH16.28.30.401.6751

Expenditure Range $5,000,000–$9,999,999

StarsLibraryStateCirculation Per CapitaVisits Per CapitaProgram Attendance Per CapitaPublic Internet Terminal Uses Per CapitaScore
*****Redwood City Public LibraryCA22.512.92.119.61868
*****Worthington Public LibraryOH43.528.20.823.11769
*****Plainview-Old Bethpage Public LibraryNY16.98.31.866.31418
*****Washington-Centerville Public LibraryOH47.416.50.691.81389
*****Cleveland Heights-University Heights PLOH32.619.80.912.11383
*****Ouachita Parish Public Library, MonroeLA6.26.20.5216.51371
*****Greenwich LibraryCT25.012.60.827.51367
*****Port Washington Public LibraryNY15.417.61.084.61312
*****Oak Park Public LibraryIL26.718.90.464.21262
*****Northbrook Public LibraryIL26.413.91.301.61245
****Skokie Public LibraryIL33.413.20.872.51226
****Kansas City, Kansas Public LibraryKS9.36.40.2314.01186
****Northport Public LibraryNY16.015.40.814.31157
****Champaign Public LibraryIL35.111.50.782.21157
****Williamsburg Regional LibraryVA18.78.81.661.61132
****Hoover Public LibraryAL28.612.71.030.41087
****Elmhurst Public LibraryIL32.812.50.641.01044
****Algonquin Area Public Library DistrictIL33.511.40.462.31043
****Fremont Public Library District, MundeleinIL26.610.40.792.21027
****Saint Charles Public Library DistrictIL33.811.10.531.71021
****Palo Alto City LibraryCA24.813.00.542.2997
***Barrington Public Library DistrictIL28.810.00.691.6978
***Beverly Hills Public LibraryCA19.515.80.412.4976
***Newport Beach Public LibraryCA14.210.01.022.1932
***Fountaindale PL District, BolingbrookIL21.014.50.551.1932
***Patchogue-Medford LibraryNY10.413.30.852.3929
***Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community LibNY16.18.81.101.6923
***Great Neck LibraryNY13.110.90.882.2908
***Des Plaines Public LibraryIL21.59.20.642.4895
***Niles Public Library DistrictIL21.87.90.752.0880
***Sachem Public Library, HolbrookNY12.07.61.221.5871
***Bloomfield Township Public LibraryMI20.810.10.372.9855

Expenditure Range $1,000,000–$4,999,999

StarsLibraryStateCirculation Per CapitaVisits Per CapitaProgram Attendance Per CapitaPublic Internet Terminal Uses Per CapitaScore
*****Grandview Heights Public LibraryOH105.0103.32.836.84207
*****Avalon Free Public LibraryNJ79.251.84.5212.83731
*****San Miguel Library District # 1/TellurideCO49.346.53.5010.42916
*****Bernardsville Public LibraryNJ31.427.53.8511.22493
*****Cutchogue New Suffolk Free LibraryNY39.133.64.404.42335
*****Fayetteville Free LibraryNY32.165.31.963.92301
*****Center Moriches Free Public LibraryNY35.439.04.462.92295
*****East Cleveland Public LibraryOH8.511.30.6224.22203
*****Darien LibraryCT39.021.42.188.61990
*****Spencer County Public Library, RockportIN19.213.06.412.31972
****Westerville Public LibraryOH28.414.50.8315.41944
****Upper Arlington Public LibraryOH61.431.00.964.71930
****Coal City Public Library DistrictIL26.511.35.652.81921
****Wickliffe Public LibraryOH40.218.72.237.41887
****National City Public LibraryCA4.97.46.323.81786
****St. Helena Public LibraryCA42.124.31.815.31783
****Port Jefferson Free LibraryNY32.632.62.562.21742
****Lakewood Public LibraryOH31.429.41.815.21732
****Westhampton Free Lib., Westhampton Bch.NY28.226.52.993.11724
****City Of Commerce Public LibraryCA20.024.72.156.81688
***Twinsburg Public LibraryOH58.815.11.513.41647
***Hudson Library And Historical SocietyOH39.536.91.291.51614
***Mary Riley Styles PL, Falls ChurchVA40.120.61.045.71574
***Princeton Public LibraryNJ17.826.11.776.21571
***Oberlin Public LibraryOH42.619.71.044.81534
***Plymouth District LibraryMI29.211.10.3211.41529
***Lake Forest LibraryIL24.326.70.547.51520
***Port Townsend Public LibraryWA30.920.31.475.01493
***Rocky River Public LibraryOH44.619.81.243.11481
***Coffey County Library, BurlingtonKS21.120.21.935.21473

Expenditure Range $400,000–$999,999

StarsLibraryStateCirculation Per CapitaVisits Per CapitaProgram Attendance Per CapitaPublic Internet Terminal Uses Per CapitaScore
*****Island Free Library, New ShorehamRI42.1100.76.2519.74630
*****Wellfleet Public LibraryMA46.131.77.6412.03389
*****Unalaska Public LibraryAK47.726.62.2619.92868
*****Page Public LibraryAZ39.925.12.2921.92863
*****Camden Public LibraryME49.037.44.209.62761
*****Osterville Free LibraryMA31.738.33.6712.82639
*****West Tisbury Free PL, Vineyard HavenMA59.944.12.935.42536
*****North Kansas City Public LibraryMO50.248.11.069.02350
*****Amagansett Free LibraryNY36.526.85.215.32335
*****Quogue LibraryNY33.744.53.933.72248
****Smoky Valley Lib. Dist., Round MountainNV42.642.63.153.92214
****Haines Borough Public LibraryAK40.133.12.717.72188
****The Hampton Library In BridgehamptonNY27.440.64.113.92141
****Shelter Island Public Library SocietyNY28.433.62.883.71816
****Taos Public LibraryNM27.824.91.189.11704
****Harbor-Topky Mem. Lib., Ashtabula HarborOH35.815.63.283.01670
****New Carlisle Public LibraryOH48.012.82.412.81633
****Brumback Library, Van WertOH28.119.72.824.11616
****Grand County Public Library, MoabUT16.117.51.1611.61578
****Seward Community LibraryAK23.928.61.146.91566
***Vineyard Haven Public LibraryMA33.124.01.794.01558
***Eldredge Public Library, ChathamMA22.128.12.094.51554
***Orrville Public LibraryOH46.012.61.584.41548
***Homer Public LibraryAK20.625.10.899.01548
***Oak Bluffs Public LibraryMA33.919.51.066.71535
***Sturgis Library, BarnstableMA35.821.81.055.61528
***Columbiana Public LibraryOH50.122.50.712.81506
***Roseland Free Public LibraryNJ12.449.11.213.21506
***Kilbourn Public Library, Wisconsin DellsWI18.617.90.7110.91494
***Mattituck-Laurel LibraryNY14.650.50.633.81492
***Rockland Public LibraryME24.125.21.495.31477
***Bonner Springs City LibraryKS17.825.81.985.01471

Expenditure Range $200,000–$399,999

StarsLibraryStateCirculation Per CapitaVisits Per CapitaProgram Attendance Per CapitaPublic Internet Terminal Uses Per CapitaScore
*****Wagnalls Memorial Library, LithopolisOH91.737.62.326.23072
*****Sherburne Memorial, KillingtonVT38.129.74.4810.22859
*****Julia L. Butterfield Mem. Lib., Cold SpringNY22.128.34.327.82391
*****Grand Marais Public LibraryMN45.039.30.609.62363
*****Centerburg Public LibraryOH53.741.51.115.72328
*****Southwest Harbor Public LibraryME33.043.22.484.32198
*****Andover Public LibraryOH52.819.31.837.42181
*****Norfolk LibraryCT21.720.15.832.82134
*****Monticello Township LibraryIL16.085.00.540.72063
*****Bee Cave Public LibraryTX50.821.12.953.02048
****Lopez Island Library DistrictWA38.931.40.867.11991
****Parker Public LibraryAZ13.335.01.369.51955
****Peninsula Library & Historical SocietyOH35.512.72.825.21823
****Cordova District LibraryIL35.317.72.643.51748
****Skidompha Public Library, DamariscottaME11.927.42.525.91743
****Dennis Public Library, DennisportMA23.435.01.075.51741
****Library District #2 , Linn County, LacygneKS21.419.01.687.91727
****Pueblo Of Isleta LibraryNM4.311.74.585.11669
****Williamsport-Washington Township PLIN14.115.91.419.61646
****Jim G. Ferguson Searcy Cnty Lib., MarshallAR31.116.01.615.71630
***Crosby: Jessie F. Hallett Memorial LibraryMN23.717.52.055.71629
***James Kennedy Public LibraryIA32.421.91.942.61583
***East Grand Forks Campbell LibraryMN11.220.24.081.81579
***Butler Public LibraryIN21.814.42.315.31562
***Mancos Public Library DistrictCO7.726.01.546.91548
***Waterloo-Grant Township Public LibraryIN13.313.43.493.81529
***Falls City Library And Arts CenterNE30.911.40.677.71521
***Hiawatha/Morrill Public LibraryKS19.013.61.806.51510
***Ely Public LibraryMN20.026.50.596.21507
***Petersburg Public LibraryAK28.523.11.732.21474

Expenditure Range $100,000–$199,999

StarsLibraryStateCirculation Per CapitaVisits Per CapitaProgram Attendance Per CapitaPublic Internet Terminal Uses Per CapitaScore
*****Falconer Public LibraryNY77.627.73.843.22811
*****Neligh Public LibraryNE45.821.34.169.22698
*****La Veta Regional Library DistrictCO44.244.21.868.02629
*****Central City Public LibraryNE27.025.55.606.72584
*****Claud H Gilmer Memorial Lib., RockspringsTX20.030.85.914.32460
*****Rock Creek Public LibraryOH30.029.12.558.32266
*****Centralia Public LibraryMO19.237.92.278.02211
*****Atkinson Public LibraryNE28.129.02.796.72161
*****Tivoli Free LibraryNY24.416.44.126.22056
*****Pulaski Public LibraryNY12.257.91.463.92055
****Neodesha/W.A. Rankin MemorialKS22.446.71.544.02006
****Red Hook Public LibraryNY37.021.12.673.91906
****Rogersville Public LibraryAL34.622.01.476.21838
****Mt. Pleasant Public LibraryUT40.820.02.522.41805
****Grand Valley Public Library, OrwellOH28.924.40.937.21781
****Flomaton Public LibraryAL60.717.60.324.11779
****Seneca Free LibraryKS27.613.30.4911.01735
****Quartzsite Public LibraryAZ12.421.00.8011.21734
****Tappan-Spaulding Mem. Lib., Newark ValleyNY22.726.61.874.71716
****Port Orford Public LibraryOR16.417.01.339.91714
***Meekins Public Library, WilliamsburgMA41.921.41.961.81704
***Saint Paul Public LibraryNE31.115.50.448.91671
***Hruska Memorial PL, David CityNE34.017.21.694.71662
***The Lib. At Cedar Creek Lake, Seven PointsTX12.522.33.742.51658
***Town Of Indian Lake Public LibraryNY14.627.80.588.11632
***Yoakum Cnty/Cecil Bickley Lib., Denver CityTX8.611.22.738.11603
***Witherle Memorial Library, CastineME18.317.13.053.01551
***Homer Public LibraryOH40.113.91.213.51514
***Lindale LibraryTX24.821.01.474.01512
***Embudo Valley Lib. & Community Ctr, DixonNM11.616.12.246.01507

Expenditure Range $50,000–$99,999

StarsLibraryStateCirculation Per CapitaVisits Per CapitaProgram Attendance Per CapitaPublic Internet Terminal Uses Per CapitaScore
*****Madison Valley Public Library, EnnisMT35.351.24.0210.73461
*****Hartington Public LibraryNE31.932.22.4616.23072
*****Lincoln Public LibraryNH17.339.74.154.12426
*****Craftsbury Public, Craftsbury CommonVT22.817.62.6413.12381
*****Elbridge Free LibraryNY30.923.93.334.02142
*****Upton County PL, McCameyTX54.124.10.112.91895
*****Macsherry Library, Alexandria BayNY23.323.80.717.91812
*****Cambridge Public LibraryNY21.135.10.694.71805
*****Windham Public LibraryNY16.922.61.555.71664
*****Guilford Memorial LibraryME19.29.52.955.61645
****Springfield Memorial LibraryNE12.415.64.042.31631
****Philmont Public LibraryNY24.817.42.113.41618
****Plains Community LibraryKS13.712.33.504.11608
****Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public LibraryNE16.513.42.714.91595
****Bennington Public LibraryNE34.013.52.131.71574
****Schuylerville Public LibraryNY24.114.02.183.81569
****Erie City Public LibraryKS11.411.20.7910.81529
****Eleanor Daggett Memorial Library, ChamaNM22.720.21.114.11515
****Hawn Memorial Library, ClaytonNY28.822.40.473.31500
****StocktonKS9.813.83.592.71491
***Lied Battle Creek Public LibraryNE27.427.60.232.21478
***Marion City LibraryKS21.821.51.133.21470
***Lakeside Public LibraryOR16.115.00.169.01462
***Churdan Public LibraryIA18.95.63.682.51460
***Lamont Memorial Free Library, McGrawNY15.411.12.443.81395
***Bayard Public LibraryIA17.326.80.413.31392
***Edgerton Public LibraryMN41.314.70.740.51391
***Real County Public Library, LeakeyTX15.413.71.604.71366
***Ely Public LibraryIA25.013.81.372.51340
***Sterling Free Public LibraryKS30.54.91.643.41339

Expenditure Range $10,000–$49,999

StarsLibraryStateCirculation Per CapitaVisits Per CapitaProgram Attendance Per CapitaPublic Internet Terminal Uses Per CapitaScore
*****Ida Long Goodman Memorial Lib., St. JohnKS17.719.07.990.82691
*****Tri-Community Library, Prairie LeaTX8.36.59.621.12354
*****Boyden Public LibraryIA22.116.70.464.91819
*****Mounds Public LibraryOK6.414.40.3710.11804
*****Centerville Community LibrarySD13.528.81.011.61785
*****Black Bridge Library, Dime BoxTX17.715.21.075.11778
*****Nora E. Larabee Memorial Lib., StaffordKS22.28.80.446.81733
*****Buhler Public LibraryKS19.410.81.474.91733
*****Winthrop Public LibraryIA8.98.34.972.11727
*****Piedmont Public LibraryWV6.510.20.279.11561
*****J.J. Hands Library, LohrvilleIA9.012.50.546.81541
****Dry Point Township Library, CowdenIL8.430.50.051.41528
****Winchester Public LibraryKS5.710.11.297.01520
****Fredonia Public LibraryAZ8.112.92.951.81480
****Whitewood Public LibrarySD16.17.80.775.21457
****Swea City Public LibraryIA11.214.60.654.31455
****Pawlet PublicVT14.914.81.002.61453
****Elk Point-Jefferson Community/School Lib.SD17.912.20.383.81453
****Readstown Public LibraryWI18.010.90.683.41429
****Lewiston Public LibraryUT22.37.70.792.91404
****Carrolltown Public LibraryPA16.25.51.813.21386
****Lettie W. Jensen Public Library, AmherstWI17.912.50.742.21374
****Colesburg Public LibraryIA15.210.60.603.81374
***Lone Oak Area Public LibraryTX12.88.10.465.61368
***Inman Public LibraryKS20.78.30.543.01352
***Tularosa Public LibraryNM6.06.81.615.51338
***Barnard Library, La CrosseKS7.613.50.604.51336
***Hazel L Meyer Memorial Library, De SmetSD28.27.00.301.71335
***North Freedom Public LibraryWI14.46.60.295.61331
***Ellinwood School Community LibraryKS11.79.61.143.61317
***D Brown Memorial Library, RosebudTX8.911.80.854.01312
***Chetopa City LibraryKS13.77.70.095.41290
***Ashland Public LibraryNE20.95.31.581.31286

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Ray Lyons & Keith Curry Lance About Ray Lyons & Keith Curry Lance

Ray Lyons (raylyons@gmail.com) is an independent consultant and statistical programmer in Cleveland. His articles on library statistics and assessment have also appeared in Public Library Quarterly, Public Libraries, and Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. He blogs on library statistics and assessment at libperformance.com.
Keith Curry Lance (keithlance@comcast.net) is an independent consultant based in suburban Denver. He also consults with the Colorado-based RSL Research Group. In both capacities, he conducts research on libraries of all types for state library agencies, state library associations, and other library-related organizations. For more information, visit http://www.KeithCurryLance.com.

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