In its 2014 rankings, Library Journal has named Eugene Public Library a “Star Library” for the fifth time. The designation means Eugene Public Library ranks among the top three percent of public libraries nationwide for excellence in cost-effective delivery of key services.
“Eugene Public Library has worked hard to develop increasingly efficient and cost-effective practices while continuing to provide the community with superior services,” says Eugene Public Library Director Connie Bennett. “This Star Library rating confirms that we’re returning a very high value in services for each dollar our community invests in the Library. Compared objectively nationwide, Eugene Public Library stands out as a top performer.”
The Library Journal study, the “Index of Public Library Service 2014,” examined 7,586 public libraries. Only 258 libraries, including Eugene Public Library, received a Star Library designation. Eugene Public Library’s delivery of services per capita was evaluated against public libraries with comparable budgets.
The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2014 is based on 2012 data reported by libraries to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The libraries were judged on four factors: number of visits, circulation (number of items borrowed), program attendance, and public Internet computer use.
Eugene Public Library serves over 3,500 visitors per day and processes nearly 3 million check-outs per year. The Library’s three locations deliver more than 1,300 programs per year, ranging from storytimes to classes to entertainment; approximately 49,000 community members of all ages benefit from these free events. The Library’s Internet and database computers provide about 21,000 user sessions each month.