June 25, 2017

LJ Index 2014: The Star Libraries by Expenditure Category

The LJ Index is based on four types of per capita use they generate: visits, circulation, public access computer use, and program attendance. 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. For details about how the LJ Index is calculated and for whom, see the project’s FAQ on the LJ website (libraryjournal.com/LJIndex2014). This year, there are 258 Star Libraries, owing to three instances of tied scores on the LJ Index.

As we do each year, we congratulate libraries joining the list for the first time. This year these include Sedona Public Library, AZ; Jackson Parish Public Library, Jonesboro, LA; Saratoga Springs Public Library, NY; Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL; Mountain View Public Library, MO; Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove, TX; Woodstock Public Library District, NY; Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR; and Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, WA.

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

Notes about 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+

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirculation (Per Capita)Visits (PC)Program Attendance (PC)Public Internet Computer Users (PC)Score
*****Cuyahoga County Public Library, ParmaOH616,52733.412.70.62.81739
*****Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton CountyOH802,37421.29.20.62.41322
*****Columbus Metropolitan LibraryOH850,54817.78.70.42.51149
*****Multnomah County Library, PortlandOR741,92533.47.10.41.51117
*****Seattle Public LibraryWA616,50015.610.50.42.21096
****Cleveland Public LibraryOH398,45317.48.80.42.41087
****King County Library System, IssaquahWA1,362,87014.97.50.32.91032
****Santa Clara County Library, Los GatosCA412,73223.67.60.41.4959
****San Francisco Public LibraryCA812,53813.48.90.51.1898
****Saint Louis County LibraryMO859,14814.76.70.51.2860
***Denver Public LibraryCO620,91715.46.20.51.4851
***Sno-Isle Libraries, MarysvilleWA681,23813.95.40.41.6729
***Salt Lake County Library SystemUT811,454205.60.31.1726
***Hennepin County Library, MinnetonkaMN1,163,06014.34.60.22.3701
***Consolidated Library District No. 3, IndependenceMO762,44612.26.10.41.1698

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

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirculation (Per Capita)Visits (PC)Program Attendance (PC)Public Internet Computer Users (PC)Score
*****Naperville Public LibraryIL141,85328.211.70.661441
*****Howard County Library, ColumbiaMD281,88424.99.90.95.71438
*****Salt Lake City Public LibraryUT189,89918.918.90.72.71348
*****Skokie Public LibraryIL64,78433.313.10.821335
*****Ann Arbor District LibraryMI163,59053.910.30.51.51319
*****Arlington Heights Memorial LibraryIL75,10135.612.10.81.81309
*****Santa Monica Public LibraryCA90,22319.915.50.731288
*****Henrico County Public LibraryVA296,49016.36.90.2101287
*****Middle Country Public Library, CentereachNY62,56219.88.61.32.21205
*****Schaumburg Township District LibraryIL126,84918.512.60.71.71067
****Mercer County Library, LawrencevilleNJ160,05712.57.90.64.71022
****Carroll County Public Library, New WindsorMD170,08925.96.40.91.81012
****Kansas City Public LibraryMO218,7659.110.30.73.4995
****Central Rappahannock Regional Lib., FredericksburgVA288,11834.110.30.30.9960
****San Mateo County LibraryCA270,92513.98.40.82.6959
****Evansville-Vanderburgh Public LibraryIN179,70315.910.70.42.6922
****Harford County Public Library, BelcampMD242,51418.68.10.81.4918
****Akron–Summit County Public LibraryOH377,58815.280.72.3896
****Douglas County Libraries, Castle RockCO292,30527.270.70.6877
****Kenton County Public Library, Ft. MitchellKY160,40613.75.70.92872
***Allen County Public Library, Fort WayneIN355,32926.77.80.51.3865
***Arapahoe Library District, EnglewoodCO249,27818.990.51.4841
***Topeka & Shawnee County Public LibraryKS175,01012.84.60.63.7835
***Somerset County Library, BridgewaterNJ188,37817.37.40.61.6814
***Rochester Public LibraryNY210,5656.98.50.81.9813
***Madison Public LibraryWI255,86715.67.90.42.7803
***Ramsey County Library, ShoreviewMN224,19521.38.10.41.6782
***East Baton Rouge Parish LibraryLA444,5265.25.40.63.9772
***Eugene Public LibraryOR157,010188.90.31.6755
***Springfield–Greene County Library DistrictMO275,17413.77.30.52.1753

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

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirculation (Per Capita)Visits (PC)Program Attendance (PC)Public Internet Computer Users (PC)Score
*****Redwood City Public LibraryCA78,24421.715.12.410.72023
*****Westerville Public LibraryOH90,7642511.90.621.11974
*****Upper Arlington Public LibraryOH34,19658.729.70.931939
*****Worthington Public LibraryOH59,68942.127.713.21723
*****Cleveland Heights–University Heights Public LibraryOH57,86731.519.51.151548
*****Plainview-Old Bethpage Public LibraryNY28,67616.615.31.84.71470
*****Ela Area Public Library District, Lake ZurichIL34,46229.211.7171398
*****Porter Public Library, WestlakeOH32,68041.614.612.51377
*****Greenwich LibraryCT61,1712412.20.97.61352
*****Port Washington Public LibraryNY31,07114.514.11.74.11333
****Hewlett-Woodmere Public LibraryNY20,35617.812.21.16.61278
****Northbrook Public LibraryIL33,17025.814.21.51.51270
****Cerritos Public LibraryCA49,22313.9210.56.21259
****Oak Park Public LibraryIL51,87828.313.70.73.51161
****Washington-Centerville Public Library, CentervilleOH56,62840.613.50.61.31145
****Northport Public LibraryNY36,11316.715.50.84.41130
****Elmhurst Public LibraryIL44,12131.312.10.73.11110
****Champaign Public LibraryIL81,05527.912.50.61.7991
****Washington Cty. Cooperative Lib. Svcs., HillsboroOR13,93638.610.50.50.8979
****Niles Public Library DistrictIL57,28420.48.112.5976
***Williamsburg Regional LibraryVA77,268167.91.41.3970
***Sachem Public Library, HolbrookNY83,19611.28.11.42.3950
***Patchogue-Medford LibraryNY52,92910.212.20.83.5944
***Carmel Clay Public LibraryIN83,29323.46.70.83.2931
***Palo Alto City LibraryCA65,54423.812.90.51.7917
***Cook Memorial Public Library District, LibertyvilleIL59,84230.410.30.41.3885
***Saratoga Springs Public LibraryNY49,07019.612.70.51.6880
***Newport Beach Public LibraryCA85,99018.413.30.61.4872
***Algonquin Area Public Library DistrictIL40,80929.39.20.41.7870
***Vernon Area Public Library District, LincolnshireIL41,05521.27.90.91.1865

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

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirculation (Per Capita)Visits (PC)Program Attendance (PC)Public Internet Computer Users (PC)Score
*****Avalon Free Public LibraryNJ1,334121.674.67.713.85349
*****Grandview Heights Public LibraryOH7,39295.592.52.86.23903
*****San Miguel Library District #1/TellurideCO5,97250.547.98.69.73818
*****Ocean City Free Public LibraryNJ11,70139.238.64.65.72530
*****Lakewood Public LibraryOH51,98330.615.61.816.82468
*****Hudson Library & Historical SocietyOH22,2624841.51.66.62260
*****Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton BeachNY5,57139.831.25.91.22252
*****Bernardsville Public LibraryNJ7,70727.524.83.19.82237
*****Center Moriches Free Public LibraryNY7,54628.734.74.42.82066
*****Fayetteville Free LibraryNY10,31429.746.82.14.22020
****Darien LibraryCT20,73235.920.52.18.31983
****Wickliffe Public LibraryOH12,7533816.436.51932
****Cutchogue New Suffolk Free LibraryNY3,68421.828.33.34.51825
****Lake Forest LibraryIL19,37525.126.50.69.71812
****St. Helena Public LibraryCA5,87544.224.51.84.31779
****West Bloomfield Township Public LibraryMI71,75539.315.40.88.71752
****Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls ChurchVA11,71137.826.31.45.51751
****Port Jefferson Free LibraryNY7,57036.1302.42.31706
****Princeton Public LibraryNJ28,57219.530.42.54.51690
****Harrison Memorial Library, CarmelCA3,76339.929.81.14.11670
***Spencer County Public Library, RockportIN9,6058.811.36.21.91647
***Coal City Public Library DistrictIL11,25720.69.45.31.91602
***Manlius LibraryNY11,22630.523.62.13.81600
***City of Commerce Public LibraryCA12,87118.323.72.351574
***Shaker Heights Public LibraryOH32,31138.516.715.51540
***Jackson Parish Library, JonesboroLA16,21614.57.32.18.81528
***Sedona Public LibraryAZ9,98125.221.91.651513
***Twinsburg Public LibraryOH24,4535216.21.32.51487
***Rocky River Public LibraryOH20,58242.718.813.21431
***Belvedere-Tiburon Library, TiburonCA11,14928.418.72.13.11422
***Mattituck-Laurel LibraryNY5,61312.348.70.62.21422

Expenditure Range $400,000–$999,999

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirculation (Per Capita)Visits (PC)Program Attendance (PC)Public Internet Computer Users (PC)Score
*****Provincetown Public LibraryMA2,94234.3114.41.1133443
*****Island Free Library, New ShorehamRI1,05133.565.43.912.83127
*****Camden Public LibraryME4,84755.140.54.412.63101
*****Wellfleet Public LibraryMA2,75044.432.45.912.33052
*****Quogue LibraryNY1,08042.251.64.59.32893
*****Unalaska Public LibraryAK4,76850.325.5121.12845
*****New Carlisle & Olive Township Public LibraryIN4,70429.722.310.24.22828
*****The Hampton Library In BridgehamptonNY1,82737.842.56.43.82625
*****West Tisbury Free Public LibraryMA2,74056.744.23.14.22409
*****Amagansett Free LibraryNY1,36533.728.95.74.52294
****Haines Borough Public LibraryAK2,62039.334.52.79.12293
****Smoky Valley Library District, Round MountainNV1,46650.137.943.12292
****North Kansas City Public LibraryMO4,20848.444.81.18.62286
****Harbor-Topky Memorial Library, Ashtabula HarborOH3,84141.221.33.73.21877
****Eldredge Public Library, ChathamMA5,81926.131.52.75.71832
****Grand County Public Library, MoabUT9,32518.216.90.912.11639
****Hodgkins Public Library DistrictIL1,89728.921.61.27.91634
****Homer Public LibraryAK5,15320.722.419.31585
****Brumback Library, Van WertOH23,96430.921.13.31.91583
****Roseland Free Public LibraryNJ5,81915.746.41.63.11567
***Sturgis Library, BarnstableMA2,96033.722.20.86.61556
***Kilbourn Public Library, Wisconsin DellsWI6,09418.721.20.99.71552
***Osterville Village LibraryMA3,03719.511.32.67.41531
***Snow Library, OrleansMA5,89028.328.123.11528
***Shelter Island Public Library SocietyNY2,39224.423.72.82.91517
***Dover Town LibraryMA5,58928.717.13.12.61515
***Seward Community Library MuseumAK2,75421.626.61.16.61504
***New Carlisle Public LibraryOH5,78536.214.32.23.61486
***Bee Cave Public LibraryTX4,07638.825.41.81.21479
***Woodstock Public Library DistrictNY5,88413.136.52.13.41477

Expenditure Range $200,000–$399,999

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirculation (Per Capita)Visits (PC)Program Attendance (PC)Public Internet Computer Users (PC)Score
*****Wagnalls Memorial Library, LithopolisOH1,07491.836.444.43261
*****Red Hook Public LibraryNY1,96143.162.34.73.83092
*****Page Public LibraryAZ7,34637.825.91.621.83025
*****Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Cold SpringNY2,64120.829.44.4173024
*****Grand Marais Public LibraryMN1,24660.249.81.110.22899
*****Southwest Harbor Public LibraryME1,7653137.73.410.92706
*****Alpine County Library/Archives, MarkleevilleCA1,09728.530.41.912.52368
*****Norfolk LibraryCT1,70918.221.45.53.42094
*****Yoakum County/Cecil Bickley Library, Denver CityTX4,20412.89.55.572043
*****Skidompha Public Library, DamariscottaME5,56615.930.32.86.41931
****Lopez Island Library DistrictWA2,42234.631.21.55.11892
****Dennis Public Library, DennisportMA2,84129.838.71.24.81876
****Library District #2, Linn County, LacygneKS1,71921.219.11.69.11767
****Allerton Public Library District, MonticelloIL5,90614.167.10.60.41742
****James Kennedy Public Library, DyersvilleIA4,0583721.12.31.81660
****Petersburg Public LibraryAK2,9722323.92.14.41637
****Centralia Public LibraryMO3,78418.223.82.34.41618
****Hiawatha/Morrill Public LibraryKS3,18118.814.92.65.31575
****Green Tree Public Library, PittsburghPA4,43220.226.61.74.41575
****Peninsula Library & Historical SocietyOH2,57231.6102.14.21512
****Ridgway Library DistrictCO2,34821.429.11.14.11508
***Sargent Memorial Library, BoxboroughMA4,99633.518.71.33.21472
***Centerburg Public LibraryOH1,77340.75.11.83.71471
***Waterloo-Grant Township Public LibraryIN3,27610.915.93.43.21471
***Roxana Public Library DistrictIL1,54213.2240.58.11453
***La Junta/Woodruff Memorial LibraryCO7,08916.715.21.17.91443
***Brook-Iroquois-Washington Township Public LibraryIN1,68026.714.71.351427
***Garden Home Community Library, PortlandOR5,6083717.70.83.11420
***Fairport Harbor Public LibraryOH3,11528.9250.73.11412
***Cordova District LibraryIL1,02025.515.622.71401
***St. Paris Public LibraryOH6,1501430.41.62.41398
***Lake Park Public LibraryFL8,2723.325.70.97.81396

Expenditure Range $100,000–$199,999

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirculation (Per Capita)Visits (PC)Program Attendance (PC)Public Internet Computer Users (PC)Score
*****Delta Community Library, Delta JunctionAK1,09839.6434.228.73759
*****Neligh Public LibraryNE1,59941.520.67.9153182
*****Madison Valley Public Library, EnnisMT1,17737.342.34.313.32935
*****Falconer Public LibraryNY2,42082.329.34.14.32854
*****Whitefish Community LibraryMT6,35710.7270.335.42806
*****Smith Memorial Library, ChautauquaNY1,12526.261.21.314.92789
*****Flomaton Public LibraryAL1,44088.724.70.812.12782
*****Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library, RockspringsTX1,96615.329.57.212.22713
*****La Veta Regional Library DistrictCO1,27133.547.42.97.32453
*****Central City Public LibraryNE2,93426.524.55.56.32220
****Hartington Public LibraryNE1,55427.328.92.212.92192
****Rock Creek Public LibraryOH2,74619.225.64.76.22011
****Haslet Public LibraryTX1,55330.720.65.22.51972
****Tivoli Free LibraryNY1,11824.218.746.81889
****Atkinson Public LibraryNE1,2452325.42.27.21758
****W.A. Rankin Memorial Library, NeodeshaKS2,45717.538.91.941740
****Southworth Library Association, DrydenNY1,88937.116.63.13.61735
****Witherle Memorial Library, CastineME1,36222.917.13.931617
****Pueblo of Isleta Public Library, AlbuquerqueNM3,5374.311.55.74.51577
****Williamsport-Washington Township Public LibraryIN2,29812.717.21.112.71569
***Beresford Public LibrarySD2,07130.221.51.25.31543
***The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven PointsTX5,75012.821.63.33.71514
***Lindale LibraryTX4,90126.820.71.54.61488
***Oxford Public LibraryIN1,58124.311.23.62.71466
***New Woodstock Free LibraryNY1,04534.313.51.641439
***Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey GroveTX1,67018.618.22.34.11402
***Mountain View Public LibraryMO2,71924.224.20.25.51373
***Port Orford Public LibraryOR2,42616.314.519.21369
***Craig Public LibraryAK1,24322.515.41.941341
***David M. Hunt Library, Falls VillageCT1,23412.314.23.42.81325

Expenditure Range $50,000–$99,999

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirculation (Per Capita)Visits (PC)Program Attendance (PC)Public Internet Computer Users (PC)Score
*****Cambridge Public LibraryNY1,87017.542.50.622.93188
*****Craftsbury Public, Craftsbury CommonVT1,20620.716.31.913.62194
*****Elbridge Free LibraryNY1,05828.823.53.82.72096
*****Centerville Community LibrarySD1,51719.140.92.12.42032
*****Powers Library Association, MoraviaNY1,28214.83218.92001
*****Lincoln Public LibraryNH1,66211.733.13.331942
*****Rogersville Public LibraryAL1,25732.618.61.84.41846
*****Pelham LibraryMA1,32125.213.24.31.81810
*****Tonto Basin Public LibraryAZ1,42422.217.62.94.51809
*****Dr. Grace O. Doane Alden Public LibraryIA1,08812.228.22.64.21791
****Philmont Public LibraryNY1,37923.918.433.11783
****Lakeside Public LibraryOR2,12417.119.30.111.81770
****Overbrook Public LibraryKS1,0583412.30.77.41732
****Churdan Public LibraryIA1,25621.15.75.12.31716
****Marion City LibraryKS1,90818.221.72.13.81641
****Macsherry Library, Alexandria BayNY1,07821.9180.57.41604
****Bancroft Public LibraryIA1,33816.123.11.83.41563
****Windham Public LibraryNY1,70316.117.41.75.41540
****Bridgeport Public LibraryNE1,54516.783.931535
****Erie City Public LibraryKS1,14510.19.81.110.91523
***Zearing Public LibraryIA1,15819.622.70.45.41519
***Freeman Public LibrarySD1,31921.714.70.57.11506
***Readlyn Community LibraryIA1,2601420.91.73.91486
***Agnes Robinson Waterloo Public LibraryNE1,05819.116.11.83.61473
***Limon Memorial LibraryCO1,87420.818.50.36.11467
***Schuylerville Public LibraryNY1,38623.114.21.73.11455
***Edgerton Public LibraryMN1,8794114.30.60.61432
***Plains Community LibraryKS1,5778.98.63.34.71408
***Hubbard Public LibraryIA1,66912.813.52.14.71401
***Huachuca City Public LibraryAZ1,8169.3142.64.11398

Expenditure Range $10,000–$49,999

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirculation (Per Capita)Visits (PC)Program Attendance (PC)Public Internet Computer Users (PC)Score
*****Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library, St. JohnKS1,2759.518.87.11.22565
*****Tri-Community Library, Prairie LeaTX1,32612.975.71.41993
*****North Freedom Public LibraryWI1,23515.28.10.79.71853
*****Swink School/Public LibraryCO1,2447.914.7010.41824
*****Nora E. Larabee Memorial Library, StaffordKS1,02727.17.806.81803
*****Buhler Public LibraryKS1,32816.49.61.84.31703
*****Pawlet Public LibraryVT1,47710.222.90.73.21690
*****Swea City Public LibraryIA1,36211.314.50.56.61683
*****Bloomfield Public LibraryNE1,0288.2131.85.31682
*****Dry Point Township Library, CowdenIL1,0937.529.40.11.91624
****Boyden Public LibraryIA1,26018.913.60.73.31615
****Tularosa Public LibraryNM2,8427.58.71.57.21610
****Lettie W. Jensen Public Library, AmherstWI1,04119.311.91.42.11609
****Elgin Public LibraryIA1,13017.86.92.42.51591
****Piedmont Public LibraryWV1,4175110.39.31578
****Winthrop Public LibraryIA1,1095.66.44.31.61538
****Muscoda Public LibraryWI2,0619.56.70.191491
****Valley Mills Public LibraryTX1,21013.69.80.84.61466
****Inman Public LibraryKS1,38023.87.90.42.81454
****Mounds Public LibraryOK1,1765.1101.16.41449
***Tri-Valley Community Library, HealyAK1,08413.76.92.711417
***Lewiston Public LibraryUT1,79821.38.20.91.91407
***Combined Community Library, OrdwayCO5,55914.111.81.31.51387
***Fred Macaron Library, SpringerNM1,0471212.20.14.71378
***Lubec Memorial LibraryME1,33613.410.71.22.31370
***De Soto Public LibraryIA1,43313.87.91.61.91319
***Real County Public Library, LeakeyTX1,7134.810.71.53.71308
***Hughes Springs Area Public LibraryTX1,74896.82.51.61296
***Richfield Springs Public LibraryNY1,264119.912.81283
***Peabody Memorial Library, JonesportME1,8646.14.92.43.41277

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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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