In its 2013 rankings, Library Journal has named Eugene Public Library a “Star Library” for the fourth 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.
According to Eugene Public Library’s Director Connie Bennett, “Especially during these difficult economic times, Eugene Public Library has worked hard to develop increasingly efficient and cost-effective practices while continuing to provide the community with superior services. 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 2013, examined 7,573 public libraries. Only 263 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 2013 is based on 2011 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 approximately 4,000 visitors per day and processes nearly 3 million check-outs per year. The Library’s three locations provide over 900 programs per year, ranging from storytimes to classes to entertainment; over 45,000 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.
For more information about Eugene Public Library, visit www.eugene-or.gov/library or call 541-682-5450.