America’s Star Libraries 2020

The LJ Index of Public Library Service

We are pleased to announce the results of the 13th 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 2020 Index derives from data recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for FY18. This year, 5,608 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated in the Index. In this edition, there are 262 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

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This year’s Star Libraries roster contains many changes

By the Numbers

2019 Star Library Index Scores by Spending Category

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