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Release Date: 11/09/2012

The Seattle Public Library receives five stars in Library Journal's national ranking of public libraries

The Seattle Public Library

The Seattle Public Library has been awarded the top rating of five stars among large libraries for the third year in a row in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2012.


Library Journal is the library field's leading professional publication and developed its national ranking of public libraries based on per capita statistics for library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. This year's ratings were based on 2010 data that libraries reported to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Library Journal rated 7,570 public U.S. libraries and only 262 received ratings of three, four or five stars. Libraries were grouped according to annual expenditures and then rated according to the four statistical categories.


The Seattle Public Library was one of only five libraries in the country with expenditures of $30 million or higher to receive a five-star rating. The others included the King County Library System, two public libraries in Ohio and the Multnomah County Public Library.


"We are extremely proud to receive this recognition," said Seattle City Librarian Marcellus Turner. "We have been ranked one of the best library systems in the country based on the use of our services. This shows the high value and importance our community places on our public libraries and the resources we provide. We continue to be a well-loved, well-used system."

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