Oak Park Public Library earns 5-star status in library journal index

Ranked again as one of the nation's best public libraries

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COURTESY OF OAK PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Oak Park, IL – For the second year in a row, the Oak Park Public Library has been rated a 5-Star Library in Library Journal's Index of Public Library Service. The publication measures and reports star distinctions each year based on public library service output in four areas: circulation of collection materials, number of visits, program attendance and Internet use.

"We are thrilled to once again receive a 5-Star rating," said Executive Director David Seleb. "It speaks directly to heavy community use of a variety of library resources," Seleb said, adding "it also shows how the library has continued to adapt to the evolving needs of our community."

The Oak Park Public Library serves its residents in many ways – as a community gathering place, as a technology access point and as a resource for lifelong learning and enjoyment. In 2012, the library saw more than 1.5 million total physical and website visits, more than 1.4 million items were checked out, event participants totaled more than 41,000 and nearly 5,000 new library cards were issued. Cardholders have access to more than 1 million titles through the library's membership in the SWAN consortium, a multi-type library consortium of 77 public, special and academic libraries.

This year, 85 libraries received the 5-Star rating. Nationally, 263 libraries earned a star ranking, 20 of which are located in Illinois. In fact, Illinois placed third in the country (behind New York and Ohio) for total number of star-ranked libraries. This year's ratings are based on 2011 data reported by public libraries to their state library agencies, then compiled nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Data behind the distinction are posted at http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/11/managing-libraries/lj-index/class-of-2013/americas-star-libraries-2013-top-rated-libraries/

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