America’s Star Libraries 2019

The LJ Index of Public Library Service

We are pleased to announce the results of the 12th edition of the LJ Index of Public Library Service. The LJ Index rates U.S. public libraries based on selected per capita output measures. The 2019 Index derives from data recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for FY17. This year, 6,333 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated in the Index. In this edition, there are 261 Star Libraries, each receiving three-Star, four-Star, or five-Star designations.

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New stars, repeat stars, and changing constellations

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Where this year's Star Libraries are located and what states are missing

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Electronic information Retrievals

By the Numbers

2019 Star Library Index Scores by Spending Category

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