Overbrook Public Library ranked as a Five Star Library by national publication

Since opening its doors in January 2014, the Overbrook Public Library has become a community gathering place, and was recently recognized for its patron engagement. Photo January 2014.

The Overbrook Public Library has been named a Five Star Library by Library Journal. Each year, more than 7,000 libraries across the country are ranked in this publication, with a rating between 3 to five stars. The library publication recently announced the results of the ninth edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service.

Eligible libraries are grouped by total operating expenditures and rated as compared to the peer group’s averages based on five measures: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet terminal use, and electronic circulation.

The 2016 LJ Index derives from data recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for fiscal year 2014.

In 2016, 7,349 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated in the library index. In the latest edition, there are 260 Star Libraries, each receiving three-star, four-star, or five-star designations.

Overbrook Public Library was among eight new Star Libraries with expenditures of $50,000 to $99,999. Overbrook Public Library was named as a new Five Star Library. In the same spending category, another Kansas library, the Buhler Public Library, was named to the index, with a three-star rating. The only other Kansas library in the index was Arma City Library, which was listed as a Three Star Library with expenditures of $10,000 to $49,999.


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