The rank of four stars indicates a high per capita use in four major areas of library service: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. This is the highest ranking St. Louis County Library has received since the index began in 2008. The ranking is based on statistics from 2012, which was, at the time, a record-breaking year for the library.
"This has been a fantastic year for the St. Louis County Library," said Kristen Sorth, library director. "Our role as a community partner for the region continues to grow as we provide resources in the form of books, programs, outreach and facilities. It's an honor and a credit to the St. Louis County Library staff to have been recognized for our efforts on several occasions this year."
To create the index, public libraries are compared to others with similar annual expenditures and ranked accordingly. Star Library ratings of five, four and three stars are awarded to libraries that generate the highest combined per capita outputs among their peers. St. Louis County Library received a four-star rating in the $30 million+ expenditure range. Last year, the library received a three-star rating–the first time the library district was ranked as a star library.
The "Library Journal" is a publication of the American Library Association. More information about the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service can be found here.
Information about upcoming programs and events at the St. Louis County Library can be found at www.slcl.org or by calling 314-994-3300.