LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Lexington Public Library announced Tuesday it has been recognized by the Library Journal as a 2019 Five-Star Library. This is the library’s first time receiving such a distinction.
“This is a tremendous honor for the Lexington Public Library, the city of Lexington, and for our hundreds of thousands of stakeholders,” said Heather Dieffenbach, the library’s executive director. “Our score reflects a community that utilizes and appreciates the many benefits of its library.”
The rating is formulated using physical circulation, electronic material circulation, library visits, program attendance, public internet usage and Wi-Fi sessions. 2019 was the first year Wi-Fi sessions were included as a metric. With 842,264 Wi-Fi sessions last year, the Lexington Public Library has one of the highest Wi-Fi usages of libraries in the state.
“The Lexington Public Library prides itself on listening to and adapting to the needs of our community,” Dieffenbach added. “We pride ourselves on exceeding the expectations of the residents of our city. Our staff’s thoughtful, strategic and forward-thinking approach to providing world-class service while being cognizant of an ever changing world positions us to be one of the foremost trailblazing library systems in the nation.”
In 2019, 6,333 public libraries across the country were rated. The Lexington Public Library is one of 10 libraries to receive a five-star rating in the $10M-29.9M expenditure range. A total of 257 libraries nationwide were awarded stars, ranging from 3 stars to 5, in nine different expenditure level categories.
Sharing the 2019 honor with Lexington are Allen County Public Library (IN), Ann Arbor District Library (MI), Naperville Public Library (IL), Middle Country Public Library (NY), Santa Monica Public Library (CA), Howard County Library System (MD), Kansas City Public Library (MO), Mercer County Library (NJ), and Fountaindale Public Library District (IL).
For more information on the Lexington Public Library, please visit www.lexpublib.org/
For more information on the Library Journal, please visit www.libraryjournal.com/
For a complete list of 2019 Star Libraries Index Scores by Expenditure Range, please visit www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=ljx191230StarsByNumbers#10M29M