For the sixth straight year, Naperville Public Library has earned a 5-star ranking from the Library Journal's Index of Public Library Service. The Index measures circulation statistics, library visits, program attendance and public computer usage on a per capita basis.
Using 2011 data from more than 7,500 libraries, 86 libraries received the 5-star rating this year, with NPL being one of only six Illinois libraries to the Index's highest distinction. NPL was rated in the category of budget expenditures between $10 million and $29 million, where it received the highest national score. NPL is also one of 30 libraries nationwide to receive 5-star status in each edition of the LJ Index (2009-2012).
"Our continued 5-star status is result of our passionate and dedicated staff, a supportive Board and City Council and our valued patrons," Executive Director Julie Rothenfluh said. "We will continue to maintain the highest level of service, resources and programs that meet the needs of our community."
This year's Index used 2011 data as reported to state library agencies and collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To be eligible, libraries must serve a population of at least 1,000 people, have a minimum budget of $10,000 and report data in the four categories assessed by the Index. The rankings were published in the November 1, 2013 issue of Library Journal.