CCPL tops list of star libraries for seventh year

CCPL tops list of star libraries for seventh year

Release date: 11/3/2016

Cuyahoga County Public Library tops list of America’s star libraries for seventh year
CCPL leads the nation’s largest library systems in per capita circulation and number of visitors

For the seventh consecutive year (2010-2016), Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) has received the highest overall score in Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service (LJ Index), sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat. Published annually, the LJ Index compares U.S. libraries with their peers based on five per capita output measures: circulation of physical materials (i.e. books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, etc.), number of visitors, program attendance, public internet computer use, and eCirc, a newly added output that measures circulation of eBooks, streaming video, and downloadable audio.
In 2016, 7,349 U.S. public libraries were rated by the LJ Index. The 2016 ratings are based on data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for FY14. Rating scores are computed by measuring the relationship between each library’s per capita outputs and the averages for peer libraries in their expenditure category. CCPL earned the LJ Index’s highest overall score (1,798) among libraries in its peer group – 400 points higher than the next closest library system to make the list. 
Among its peers, CCPL ranked first in circulation (31.51 items per capita) and number of visitors (12.96 visits per capita), third in public computer use (2.68 hours per capita) and eCirc (2.10 items per capita), and fifth in program attendance (0.64 programs attended per capita).
CCPL also received a five-star rating for the eighth consecutive year (2009-2016), joining only four other library systems in its peer group to receive the LJ Index’s highest honor.
The continued success of our library system is the result of the commitment of our staff and Board of Trustees to be the best in the nation and the incredible support of our county residents,” said CCPL Executive Director and American Library Association Past-President Sari Feldman. “Our customers depend on and are delighted by the resources and services we provide, and that has been reflected time and time again in our ratings.”
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. LJ Index scores are based on data reported annually by public libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
For more information about the LJ Index, visit

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