Cleveland Public Library Ranked as One of the United States' Top Public Libraries for 2019

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Cleveland Public Library is one of the top five library systems in the country according to the Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service. Based on libraries of similar size, expenditures and star ranking, the Library netted another five-star rating for the eighth year and topped the competition for public internet computer use, Wi-Fi sessions and program attendance.

The Library Journal compared 6,333 U.S. libraries based on six per capita measures: number of visitors, circulation, e-circulation such as streaming services, program attendance, public computer use, and Wi-Fi sessions. The 2019 Index ratings were derived from data recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for fiscal year 2017.

Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the field of library service, with more than 100,000 readers. The Library Journal Index rating system began in 2008 to recognize and promote America’s public libraries, to help improve the pool of nationally collected library statistics and to encourage library self-evaluation.

Cleveland Public Library is also among the best when it comes to financial reporting.

For the eighth year, the Library received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. This year’s award is for our annual financial report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

“We are thrilled to receive distinguished honors for our work. Achieving these awards would not be possible without the dedication from our diligent Library staff and the support of our beloved patrons. It’s the perfect gift as we close out our 150th Anniversary,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library.