Cleveland Public Library Ranked One of the Top Four Libraries in the Country
11/3/2011 9:58:08 AM
Cleveland Public Library (CPL) was ranked one of the top four libraries in the country, receiving the highest possible rating of five stars in the Library Journal’s America’s Star Libraries 2011, and moved up in the rankings after another strong year.
“The Library Journal’s ranking is just more proof that Cleveland Public Library is providing superior service and value to our city and region by promoting both a love of books and reading while propelling Cleveland forward through our community-based programming,” said Felton Thomas, CPL’s executive director. “It’s exciting to see that our signature collections and progressive community agenda are making a difference.”
Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service (LJ Index) ranks more than 7,000 library systems in four categories: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet usage. Cleveland Public Library ranked 4th out of all library systems nationwide in its category and improved its overall ranking because of increases in circulation and higher usage of computers as even more community members turn to libraries for resources in these tougher financial times.
A strong supporter and advocate of CPL, Mayor Frank G. Jackson today lauded the news. "On behalf of the City of Cleveland, we congratulate the Cleveland Public Library for the five-star rating they received from the Library Journal," said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. This honor is a reflection of the outstanding and invaluable services the Library provides to our children, their families and job seekers. The 28 branches of the Cleveland Public Library are community assets that allow residents throughout our neighborhoods access to much needed resources and programming everyday."