Five Maine Public Libraries Designated as Library Journal’s Top-Rated America’s Star Libraries for 2013

November 5, 2013

Janet McKenney
Director of Library Development
(207) 287-6503

The Maine State Library would like to congratulate the five Maine public libraries who were among those designated as Library Journal’s Top-Rated America’s Star Libraries for 2013. The libraries include: the Camden Public Library, the Guilford Memorial Library, the Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta, the Southwest Harbor Public Library, and the Witherle Memorial Library in Castine.

Nationally, libraries are selected on data reported annually to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Library Journal(LJ) Index scores are based on four per capita service output statistics:

  • Library visits
  • Circulation
  • Program attendance
  • Public Internet computer use

To receive an LJ Index rating a library must satisfy these criteria:

  • Meet the IMLS definition of a public library
  • Have a service area with at least 1000 population
  • Have total operating expenditures of at least $10,000
  • Report the four service output statistics listed above

Maine public libraries are a great return on investment (ROI) for their communities. From the statewide data submitted for Fiscal Year 2012, every dollar appropriated for libraries by Maine’s communities resulted in a $6.40 return to Maine citizens. In terms of dollars-and-cents, the services and resources offered by public libraries are an investment that benefits every Maine community. Libraries not only offer a big bang for the buck but the scope of services and resources run from the traditional paper books, interlibrary loan, and programming to e-books, e-readers, technology and digital literacy training, video conferencing and so much more!

The Maine State Library is proud of the role every Maine public library plays in its community and we encourage you to discover what is happening at your local public library!