June 18, 2018

The Star Libraries by Expenditure Category | LJ Index 2017

The LJ Index is based on five types of per capita use generated by public libraries: visits, circulation, ecirculation, 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. This year, there are 259 Star Libraries.

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Expenditure Range $30,000,000+

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirc (per Capita)eCirc (per Capita)Visits (per Capita)Program Attendance (per Capita)Public Internet Computer Use (per Capita)Score
*****Cuyahoga County Public Library, ParmaOH616,52731.83.1120.52.51912
*****PL of Cincinnati & Hamilton CountyOH802,37423.
*****Seattle Public LibraryWA662,40017.
*****Cleveland Public LibraryOH398,45314.
*****East Baton Rouge Parish, Baton RougeLA446,7536.
****Saint Louis County LibraryMO859,14817.
****King County Library System, IssaquahWA1,414,85514.
****Multnomah County Library, PortlandOR765,77526.
****Santa Clara County Library, CampbellCA428,80720.
****San Francisco Public LibraryCA845,60212.
***Toledo–Lucas County Public LibraryOH441,81513.
***Columbus Metropolitan LibraryOH850,54820.
***Denver Public LibraryCO664,22013.
***Salt Lake County Library System, West JordanUT852,036182.
***Carnegie Library of PittsburghPA402,4229.70.770.61.3900

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

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirc (per Capita)eCirc (per Capita)Visits (per Capita)Program Attendance (per Capita)Public Internet Computer Use (per Capita)Score
*****Allen County Public Library, Fort WayneIN355,32938.824.
*****Arlington Heights Memorial LibraryIL75,10132.61.913.81.11.81664
*****Beverly Hills Public LibraryCA34,83317.40.321.70.82.31613
*****Naperville Public LibraryIL141,85330.32.3110.62.81528
*****Skokie Public LibraryIL64,784331.
*****Middle Country Public Library, CentereachNY62,56215.
*****Mercer County Library, LawrencevilleNJ160,05711.
*****Kansas City Public LibraryMO218,7659.92.510.20.93.31409
*****Ann Arbor District LibraryMI163,59048.
*****Santa Monica Public LibraryCA93,28317.10.813.50.821309
****Schaumburg Township District LibraryIL126,84923.3111.80.81.31235
****Salt Lake City Public LibraryUT190,88417.
****Kenton County Public Library, Ft. MitchellKY163,929141.
****Central Rappahannock Regional Library, FredericksburgVA300,972350.49.70.411090
****Madison Public LibraryWI264,92214.
****San Mateo County LibraryCA278,86112.40.87.811.41035
****Berkeley Public LibraryCA118,78015.
****Topeka & Shawnee County Public LibraryKS174,48013.
****Somerset County Library, BridgewaterNJ188,37816.
****Rochester Public LibraryNY210,5656.
***Hartford Public LibraryCT124,7053.
***Arapahoe Library District, EnglewoodCO257,30516.
***Richland County Public Library, ColumbiaSC384,50415.3370.21.9929
***Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library, EvansvilleIN179,70312.
***Stark County District Library, CantonOH240,131160.960.71.1885
***Loudoun County Public Library, LeesburgVA333,25317.
***Springfield–Greene County Library DistrictMO275,17413.
***Birmingham Public LibraryAL212,1134.
***Ramsey County Library, ShoreviewMN231,81119.
***Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado SpringsCO616,089131.

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

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirc (per Capita)eCirc (per Capita)Visits (per Capita)Program Attendance (per Capita)Public Internet Computer Use (per Capita)Score
*****Worthington Public LibraryOH59,68953.
*****Westerville Public LibraryOH90,76422.
*****Washington-Centerville Public Library, CentervilleOH56,62837.63.711.14.11.42255
*****Princeton Public LibraryNJ28,572192.
*****Upper Arlington Public LibraryOH34,15056.63.415.11.12.31982
*****Cleveland Heights-University Heights PL, Cleveland Hts.OH57,86729.31.717.21.24.81698
*****Westport LibraryCT27,56121.61.414.32.41.71543
*****Greenwich LibraryCT62,61019.
*****Elmhurst Public LibraryIL44,12129.
*****Oak Park Public LibraryIL51,87825.42.414.913.11495
****Plainview–Old Bethpage Public Library, PlainviewNY28,67615.1113.21.75.61491
****Cerritos Public LibraryCA49,96811.20.331.90.44.21466
****Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix HillsNY48,55814.
****Ela Area Public Library District, Lake ZurichIL34,46226.63.310.40.92.91460
****Redwood City Public LibraryCA81,83815.90.711.12.51.81343
****Pueblo City-County Library DistrictCO161,782181.5101.33.81297
****Carmel Clay Public Library, CarmelIN83,29325.
****Palo Alto City LibraryCA66,93222.41.812.10.71.61158
****Cook Memorial Public Library District, LibertyvilleIL59,84225.
****Northport Public LibraryNY36,11314.
***Saint Charles Public Library DistrictIL55,09225.
***Barrington Public Library DistrictIL44,15723.52.380.80.91101
***Port Washington Public LibraryNY31,07112.40.811.31.51.91096
***Newport Beach Public LibraryCA87,24918.
***Vernon Area Public Library District, LincolnshireIL41,05521.
***Northbrook Public LibraryIL33,17024.51.1120.611055
***Niles Public Library DistrictIL57,28417.
***La Crosse Public LibraryWI51,99219.
***Genesee District Library, FlintMI332,56710.
***Glenview Public LibraryIL44,69219.20.9100.81.7996
***Chester County Library, ExtonPA78,35021.927.40.60.9991
***Champaign Public LibraryIL81,05525.40.510.90.51.4991

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

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirc (per Capita)eCirc (per Capita)Visits (per Capita)Program Attendance (per Capita)Public Internet Computer Use (per Capita)Score
*****Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library, CutchogueNY3,684131.998.526.63.63.26630
*****Avalon Free Public LibraryNJ1,334116.725.
*****Grandview Heights Public LibraryOH7,39287.914.581.94.24.54257
*****Porter Public Library, WestlakeOH32,68036.31.413.81.234.93742
*****San Miguel Library District #1, TellurideCO6,25036.91.643.68.17.23155
*****Fayetteville Free LibraryNY10,31430.65.846.83.67.32727
*****Lancaster System Admin UnitPA4,2318.60.216.815.502660
*****Hudson Library & Historical SocietyOH22,26251.2442.226.92584
*****Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton BeachNY5,57137.12.428.57.72.92527
*****Center Moriches Free Public LibraryNY7,54634.
****Sanibel Public LibraryFL6,50235.
****Brumback Library, Van WertOH23,96435.12.524.35.23.52168
****West Bloomfield Township Public LibraryMI71,75539.
****Bernardsville Public LibraryNJ7,70728.10.722.42.78.42025
****Mattituck-Laurel Library, MattituckNY5,61314.
****Lakewood Public LibraryOH51,98330.4117.42.38.81948
****Darien LibraryCT21,68930.21.416.22.77.61900
****Port Jefferson Free LibraryNY7,57032.82.127.641.51878
****Lake Forest LibraryIL19,37521.
****Twinsburg Public LibraryOH24,45347.32.915.11.45.31801
***Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls ChurchVA12,96036.
***Bexley Public LibraryOH13,06451.62.717.21.63.11743
***St. Helena Public LibraryCA6,065490.919.61.72.51671
***Wickliffe Public LibraryOH12,75335.
***Wright Memorial Public Library, OakwoodOH9,19246.7317.31.81.81632
***Harrison Memorial Library, CarmelCA3,74737.61.825.712.71604
***Coal City Public Library DistrictIL11,25719.
***Ocean City Free Public LibraryNJ11,70121.91.824.51.64.51600
***Murray Public LibraryUT48,88212.
***Sedona Public LibraryAZ10,176281.519.61.74.41569
***Bronxville Public LibraryNY6,32321.

Expenditure Range $400,000–$999,999

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirc (per Capita)eCirc (per Capita)Visits (per Capita)Program Attendance (per Capita)Public Internet Computer Use (per Capita)Score
*****Dover Town LibraryMA5,79744.716.215.56.453920
*****Camden Public LibraryME4,86056.92.846.15.413.63750
*****Provincetown Public LibraryMA2,96620.20.8114.21.715.83723
*****Hampton Library in BridgehamptonNY1,82742.
*****Foley Public LibraryAL15,81852.71735.51.21.93470
*****Wellfleet Public LibraryMA2,73355.83.738.868.13418
*****West Tisbury Free Public LibraryMA2,87460.
*****Quogue LibraryNY1,08036.34.852.66.24.33209
*****Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Cold SpringNY2,64117.20.831.64.820.23150
*****Amagansett Free LibraryNY1,36571.3230.15.34.83014
****Island Free Library, New ShorehamRI1,051311.454.24.77.62875
****New Port Richey Public LibraryFL15,35147.80.1327.52.62673
****Haines Borough Public LibraryAK2,49340.70.935.53.510.12661
****Leslie County Public Library, HydenKY10,91836.911.
****North Kansas City Public LibraryMO4,20840.21.245.929.22577
****Smoky Valley Library District, Round MountainNV1,83539.
****Brewton Public LibraryAL5,43625.411.811.40.73.42233
****Lopez Island Library DistrictWA2,451413.
****Richland Community LibraryMI7,58025.413.
****Shelter Island Public Library SocietyNY2,39221.3228.52.941865
***Loudonville Public LibraryOH7,67718.
***Snow Library, OrleansMA5,86827.71.726.62.73.31836
***Harbor-Topky Memorial Library, Ashtabula HarborOH3,84139.90.317.23.82.61834
***Dennis Public Library, DennisportMA2,81328.91.735.81.43.71830
***Homer Public LibraryAK5,15325.32.325.21.55.61820
***Northeast Harbor LibraryME2,06918.70.735.13.91.91813
***Eldredge Public Library, ChathamMA5,82417.81.627.12.25.61786
***Bridgeport Public LibraryWV8,14924.
***Osterville Village LibraryMA3,000301.429.52.81.41763
***Seward Community Library & MuseumAK2,74017.61.4311.95.51756

Expenditure Range $200,000–$399,999

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirc (per Capita)eCirc (per Capita)Visits (per Capita)Program Attendance (per Capita)Public Internet Computer Use (per Capita)Score
*****Pueblo of Isleta Public Library, AlbuquerqueNM3,5375.9063.515.95.54005
*****Wagnalls Memorial Library, LithopolisOH1,074108.
*****Grand Marais Public LibraryMN1,35557.15.9521.67.63786
*****Red Hook Public LibraryNY1,96142.81.965.45.14.53421
*****Southwest Harbor Public LibraryME1,772292.337.14.713.63247
*****Truro Public Library, North TruroMA2,01142.32.354.93.86.33224
*****Delta Community Library, Delta JunctionAK1,10045.11.543.43.47.52942
*****Corry Public LibraryPA11,9636.8080.635.52757
*****Haslet Public LibraryTX1,719503.523.442.12724
*****Parker Public LibraryAZ3,18722.37.716.30.752584
****Fairport Harbor Public LibraryOH3,11523.52.516.30.517.42484
****Central City Public LibraryNE2,89026.10.823.95.26.22324
****Beresford Public LibrarySD2,02526.91.923.81.95.92049
****Library District #2, Linn County, LacygneKS1,689170.1202.910.71964
****Fayette Public Library, La GrangeTX4,67018.
****Stinson Memorial Public Library District, AnnaIL14,06811.
****Alpine County Library/Archives, MarkleevilleCA1,12122.40.327.23.12.81748
****Ely Public LibraryMN3,46020.61.9220.55.61721
****Roxana Public Library DistrictIL1,5429.30.825.40.89.71711
****James Kennedy Public Library, DyersvilleIA4,05834.60.6192.81.21709
***Cotuit LibraryMA3,09417214.32.73.41688
***Yoakum County/Cecil Bickley Library, Denver CityTX4,2957.
***John A. Stahl Library, West PointNE3,33023.71.915.41.23.71627
***Petersburg Public LibraryAK3,19929.
***Garden Home Community Library, PortlandOR5,45434.51.316.90.91.91570
***Columbiana Public LibraryAL4,20814.
***Woodruff Memorial Library, La JuntaCO6,90315.50.817.11.17.31545
***Lake Park Public LibraryFL8,5983.10.332.51.26.71535
***Ridgway Public Library DistrictCO2,49518.212314.31528
***Hot Springs Public LibrarySD3,50319.11.316.50.65.91518

Expenditure Range $100,000–$199,999

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirc (per Capita)eCirc (per Capita)Visits (per Capita)Program Attendance (per Capita)Public Internet Computer Use (per Capita)Score
*****Flomaton Public LibraryAL1,4251010.333.90.622.94332
*****Madison Valley Public Library, EnnisMT1,17741.93.662.54.45.33738
*****Smith Memorial Library, ChautauquaNY1,12523.52.858.21.714.23476
*****Neligh Public LibraryNE1,52338.31.615.76.88.52968
*****Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library, RockspringsTX1,87913.30.926.8613.22870
*****Craig Public LibraryAK1,18026.54.915.63.93.92597
*****Rock Creek Public LibraryOH2,74621.
*****Southworth Library Association, DrydenNY1,889411.922.842.72422
*****Atkinson Public LibraryNE1,257261.425.34.15.82381
*****Tivoli Free LibraryNY1,11820.80.61858.82333
****Falconer Public LibraryNY2,42023.20.330.34.55.12255
****La Veta Regional Library DistrictCO1,27026.30.837.32.64.92249
****Quartzsite Public LibraryAZ3,79816.7610.51.92.82188
****Altamont Free LibraryNY1,72018.
****Freeman Public LibrarySD1,274212.616.41.87.52122
****Todd County Public Library, ElktonKY12,52011.
****Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven PointsTX4,15715.20.7284.14.42019
****Rogersville Public LibraryAL1,24036.20.317.93.43.41943
****Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey GroveTX1,66621.30.820.13.54.41919
****Gentry County Library, StanberryMO5,00814.13101.27.41857
***Dennis Memorial Library AssociationMA2,81322.
***Oxford Public LibraryIN1,58119.40.711.953.51831
***Carrollton Public LibraryMO3,78414.61.510.14.83.21794
***MacSherry Library, Alexandria BayNY1,07821.61.317.71.85.11769
***W.A. Rankin Memorial, NeodeshaKS2,40013.30.1371.44.91742
***Dr. Grace O. Doane Alden Public Library, AldenIA1,20810.70.619.72.26.71665
***Cornwall Library AssociationCT1,39813.20.312.92.87.21641
***Overbrook Public LibraryKS1,02928.20.316.30.95.71606
***Oakley Public LibraryKS2,07513.
***Port Orford Public LibraryOR2,37515.70.513.81.57.51587

Expenditure Range $50,000–$99,999

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirc (per Capita)eCirc (per Capita)Visits (per Capita)Program Attendance (per Capita)Public Internet Computer Use (per Capita)Score
*****Hartington Public LibraryNE1,51328.81.730.42.3163409
*****Centerville Community LibrarySD1,43615.90.6418.23.73202
*****Powers Library Association, MoraviaNY1,28217.50.933.21.39.62510
*****Double Springs Public LibraryAL1,068138.76.812.32391
*****Pembroke Public Library District, Pembroke Twp.IL1,9463.604.39.15.32103
*****Estancia Public LibraryNM1,6559.90.316.80.315.22085
*****Elbridge Free LibraryNY1,05819.32.2173.41.82048
*****Philmont Public LibraryNY1,37920.30.623.83.12.82027
*****Huachuca City Public LibraryAZ1,7949.
*****Springlake-Earth Community LibraryTX1,66620.14.916.70.601973
****Marion City LibraryKS1,86118.40.622.42.53.91946
****Cambridge Public LibraryNY1,87015.91.517.60.96.41875
****North Freedom Public LibraryWI1,48615.
****Saint Paul Public LibraryNE2,33522.11.816.30.44.31779
****Hubbard Public LibraryIA1,20218.70.515.72.73.61775
****Windham Public LibraryNY1,70312.60.817.32.24.91750
****Moundridge Public LibraryKS1,72634.3115.41.30.61749
****Wellsburg Public LibraryIA1,30714.10.616.31.16.51685
****Hastings Memorial Library, GrantNE1,11915.6218.31.31.51648
****Tonto Basin Public LibraryAZ1,42418.4016.61.94.31647
***Bolton Free Library, Bolton LandingNY2,3269.10.515.80.98.21643
***Upton County Public Library, McCameyTX1,54211.9025.20.26.11621
***Electra Public LibraryTX2,74819.42.811.20.61.91599
***Baden Memorial LibraryPA4,1359.
***Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library, De SmetSD1,09036.
***Baudette Public LibraryMN1,07612.22.314.60.72.91564
***Creighton Public LibraryNE1,09829.
***Gardner Public Library, WakefieldNE1,4085.
***Columbus Village LibraryNM1,6644.8014.319.51544
***Edgerton Public LibraryMN1,87938.70.511.20.60.61540

Expenditure Range $10,000–$49,999

StarsLibraryStatePopulationCirc (per Capita)eCirc (per Capita)Visits (per Capita)Program Attendance (per Capita)Public Internet Computer Use (per Capita)Score
*****Lallouise F. McGraw Library, VincentAL2,0822523.73.502.23672
*****Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library, St. JohnKS1,24418.70.721.411.40.83308
*****Lincoln Public LibraryNH1,66011.80.734.94.64.82971
*****Velva Public & School LibraryND1,26714.204.68.922299
*****Tularosa Public LibraryNM2,84211.7010.71.611.12211
*****Milbridge Public LibraryME1,2946.30.415.50.49.91988
*****Elgin Public LibraryIA1,66117.
*****Fred Macaron Library, SpringerNM1,04712.5013.50.35.81692
*****Ellinwood School Community LibraryKS2,09810.
*****Arma City LibraryKS1,4646.
****Chetopa City LibraryKS1,09110.508.50.27.51602
****Inman Public LibraryKS1,37426.
****Lanark Public LibraryIL1,457130.
****Piedmont Public LibraryWV1,4753.509.10.78.11537
****Swea City Public LibraryIA1,72110.6010.90.35.41517
****Ogema Public LibraryWI1,2169.
****Mounds Public LibraryOK1,1748.8010.40.951489
****Lettie W. Jensen Public Library, AmherstWI1,04718.
****Lemmon Public LibrarySD1,24018.
****Saint Jo Public LibraryTX1,0229.
***Mammoth Public LibraryAZ1,48010.
***Loxley Public LibraryAL1,7036.81.314.703.61456
***Weeping Water Public LibraryNE1,05812.20.97.621.61438
***Vernice Stoudenmire Library, WilsonvilleAL1,9399.
***Ashley Public Library DistrictIL1,9079.
***Gilbertville Public LibraryMA1,4998.7060.86.11412
***Hughes Springs Area Public LibraryTX1,7709.1063.41.71406
***Louisville Public LibraryNE1,1499.
***Elk Horn Public LibraryIA1,03512.
***Guilford Memorial LibraryME1,4897.
***Parsons Public LibraryTN2,34214.317.20.52.21336

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  1. Jamie Parker says:

    Now if only my 5 Star Library would take care of Me the way I take care of my patrons!!!!! https://www.forbes.com/sites/victorlipman/2012/09/08/take-care-of-your-people-and-theyll-take-care-of-you/#635c600b6e1a

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