Seven Columbus-area institutions get national honors

Two Central Ohio library systems have earned a notable designation from Library Journal.

Grandview Heights Public Library and Worthington Libraries made the list of All-Time All-Stars for receiving a 10th straight five-star rating in the publication’s annual Index of Public Library Service. Nationwide, only 13 public libraries have earned the top honor every year since Library Journal began the effort 10 years ago.

According to Library Journal, in those 10 years, 606 libraries have made the list at least once and 69 libraries performed well enough to appear on every list. To be included, libraries must earn three to five stars.

This year’s index includes 259 star-rated libraries. Ratings are based on data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for fiscal year 2015 for 7,409 public U.S. libraries. Metrics used in the index are circulation, library visits, program attendance, public Internet computer use and e-circulation, all of which are measured against an institution’s expenditure category.

Other Central Ohio libraries to earn star ratings for 2017 were: Bexley Public Library (three stars), Columbus Metropolitan Library (three stars), Upper Arlington Public Library (five stars), Wagnalls Memorial Library (five stars) and Westerville Public Library (five stars).

To read the full report, check out this Library Journal story.