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Cuyahoga County Public Library ranked best library system in America

Cleveland Public Library receives five-star rating
Posted at 8:48 AM, Dec 09, 2020

CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library System were recognized in this year’s Library Journal’s ranking of library systems across the country.

For the 11th year in a row, the Cuyahoga County Public Library received the highest overall rating among its peers. It also received a five-star rating for the 12th consecutive year.

“Library Journal's rating and scoring system is based on per capita usage data, but ultimately the reason that Cuyahoga County Public Library has been able to top the LJ Index year after year is because we are deeply committed to exceptional library service," said CCPL Executive Director Tracy Strobel in a news release. "Our collection is outstanding, our staff are knowledgeable, friendly and eager to help; and our programs – whether they are in-person or virtual – are impactful, interesting and fun. We strive to be exceptional, and that is what keeps our customers coming back again and again."

The Cleveland Public Library was also recognized, taking home a prestigious five-star rating from the Library Journal. Cleveland Public Library has received four or five stars every year since 2009.

“The Five-Star rating shows the importance of Cleveland Public Library to the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Our world-class collection, thought-provoking programming, and family-friendly atmosphere are what brings visitors from around the world to Cleveland Public Library, said Felton Thomas, Jr., executive director and CEO of the CPL.

The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service compares public libraries on the services it provides to the community. The ratings are based on per capita statistics for visits, circulation, program attendance, public internet and Wi-Fi usage.