Wilmette Public Library has been recognized as a Star Library in Library Journal’s annual statistical review of public library services for the second year in a row. Wilmette received its first five-star rating this year, and is one of only seven libraries to earn that distinction in Illinois.
From a total of 6,333 U.S. public libraries that were rated nationwide, Wilmette is one of only 261 to qualify as a star library, placing it the top 4 percent of public libraries in the country overall. In Illinois, 17 libraries received star ratings, with seven earning the distinction of a five-star rating: Cook Memorial (Libertyville), Elmhurst, Fountaindale (Bolingbrook), Lanark, Naperville, Northbrook, and Wilmette.
“We are delighted to receive this recognition of our commitment to providing excellent and valued services to our community,” says Anthony Auston, Director. “The Wilmette and Kenilworth community’s outstanding engagement with and support for the Library inspires us to continue to reach higher.”
Library Journal, the oldest and most respected library service publication, indexes public library service data to recognize and promote America’s public libraries and to help improve the pool of nationally collected library statistics. The Star Library index evaluates six key figures — per capita circulation of physical materials, number of visitors, e-circulation, public computer use, program attendance, and Wi-Fi sessions — and ranks the best performing libraries within budget categories. This year’s five-star rating places Wilmette Public Library in the top 10 libraries nationwide in the $5-9.9 million budget category. Wilmette performed comparatively well in visits per capita (averaging nearly 1,000 patrons each day), and WiFi usage (with more than 25 sessions per capita). The Library also ranked high in circulation, with more than 30 physical and four digital circulations per capita.
For more information about the ratings and Wilmette Public Library’s five-star status, read the full article from Library Journal.