The Indianapolis Public Library has been named a 2015 American Star Library by a national industry publication. The three-star designation from the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service weighs factors including patron visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. IndyPL and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library in Ohio were new additions to the three-star list this year.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services compiles the data, which are then used to compare public libraries throughout the country with their spending peers using technology from the index’s sponsor, Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat.
In all, the IndyPL says more than 4.2 million patrons entered one of its locations last year. Nearly 16 million items were circulated, including a record-breaking total of almost 1 million eBooks and other electronic materials.
Chief Executive Officer Jackie Nytes says "we are very proud of our rating as an American Star Library which not only reflects library industry recognition but underscores our vital role in the lives of local families and individuals. As we continue to implement new ways to address the evolving role of libraries today, we will become even more responsive to individual and community needs."
IndyPL says the Library Journal is the "oldest and most respected publication covering the library industry." You can connect to the full index by clicking here.