Bexley Public Library Named One of America’s Star Libraries
BEXLEY, Ohio— Library Journal has named Bexley Public Library as one of America’s best public libraries for its size with a ranking of three stars in its annual Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. This is the first year Bexley Public Library has received this distinction in the ten years that Library Journal has published this index. Bexley Public Library joins just thirty-one other libraries honored whose expenditure range is between $1,000,000 and $4,999,999.
Of 7,409 libraries across the country evaluated, only 259 received a star rating. Ratings are based on 2015 data from the IMLS—circulation (physical and digital materials), visits, program attendance, and Internet use, each per capita.
“I'm thrilled to see our library recognized on a national level. Bexley Public Library has always been a special place and this recognition reflects our hard-working and innovative staff, and supportive and engaged community. I’m very grateful for the support of our Board of Trustees and the tireless work of our former director, Dr. Rachel Rubin,” said Ben Heckman, Director of Bexley Public Library.
In addition to Bexley Public Library, six other Central Ohio library systems received star ratings: Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, Upper Arlington Public Library, Wagnalls Memorial Library, Westerville Public Library, and Worthington Public Library. The State of Ohio has the second highest number of star libraries in the nation, with twenty-five libraries receiving a star rating.