In its 2021 rankings, Library Journal has named Eugene Public Library a “Star Library.” The star rating places Eugene Public Library in the top one percent of public libraries nationwide for excellence in cost-effective delivery of key services during fiscal year 2019. Eugene Public Library has earned a spot in the annual Star Library rankings five previous times.
According to Eugene Public Library Director Will O’Hearn, “All of us at the library work hard to provide the people of Eugene with excellent value for each dollar we’re entrusted with. This rating confirms that we’re returning a very high level of service on our community's investment. Compared objectively nationwide, Eugene Public Library stands out as a top performer.”
The Library Journal study, “Index of Public Library Service 2021,” examined 5608 qualifying public libraries, evaluating service delivery per capita among libraries with comparable budgets. The 2021 rankings are based on fiscal year 2019 data reported by libraries to the national Institute of Museum and Library Services. The libraries were rated on selected output measures including number of visits, check-outs, program attendance, and computer use.
In fiscal year 2019, Eugene Public Library served more than 3100 visitors per day. The library processed more than 2.3 million check-outs of physical items. The library’s three locations provided free programs including storytimes, workshops, and entertainment with more than 66,000 community members of all ages participating. The library’s Internet computers provided more than 145,000 user sessions and the library's wifi provided more than 1.7 million uses.