Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 1:30pm

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We are proud to announce that we have been awarded a 5-Star Rating by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. LJ's Star Library Ratings spotlight the best of the best across America.

Star ratings are awarded based on the five major ways patrons use the library:

  • Visits to the library
  • Items checked out
  • Usage of electronic materials
  • Attendance at library programs
  • Public Internet computer use and Wi-Fi sessions

Each of these performance indicators is calculated using per capita rates to offer a measurement of the library’s service to the community compared with peer libraries that have a similar amount of funding. As a result, receiving a star rating means that the library delivers a strong return on investment to its community.

Of the 6,333 U.S. public libraries scored on the LJ Index, only 85 were designated as 5-Star Libraries, and based on these performance indicators, Northbrook Public Library placed in the top ten nationwide in its budget category.

“As a library, we reflect the needs and interests of community in our collection and the many programs and services we provide. Receiving this 5-Star Rating shows that our community is utilizing all that we have to offer,” says Executive Director, Kate Hall.

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About the Library Journal

Library Journal is a trade publication for librarians founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey.

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