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November 5, 2014 - Twenty-seven Ohio Libraries nationally recognized as 2014 Star Libraries

America's Star Libraries - icon from the Library Journal IndexThe State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that twenty-seven Ohio Libraries have been recognized as Star Libraries in the 2014 Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. Only New York had a larger number with thirty-six star libraries. “It is wonderful to see so many of Ohio’s public libraries being recognized as Star Libraries,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain.  “Ohio libraries are often referred to as the best in the nation and this is just one more affirmation of just how strong our libraries are, regardless of their size or geographic location.”

Libraries are rated on their performance within categories or peer groups determined by operating expenditures. Performance is measured and points awarded in the areas of circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet use. The number of stars a library receives is determined by the total number of points earned in each area.

The libraries in Ohio awarded the top recognition of five stars include Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, Hudson Library & Historical Society, Lakewood Public Library, Porter Public Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Upper Arlington Public Library, Wagnalls Memorial Library, Westerville Public Library, and Worthington Public Library.

Data used to award points for each public library is from annual statistics public library systems submit to their state libraries.   Then each state library submits the gathered data to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The star ratings for the 2013 Library Journal Index of Public Library Service are based on 2011 annual statistics from IMLS. The State Library of Ohio provides online access to Ohio public library annual statistics at: /LPD/LibraryStats

Ohio Star Libraries in the 2014 Library Journal Index of Public Library Service within peer groups based on expenditures

Five Star Rating

($30,000,000 +)

  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County


 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)

  • Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library
  • Porter Public Library*
  • Upper Arlington Public Library
  • Westerville Public Library
  • Worthington Public Library

($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)

  • Grandview Heights Public Library
  • Hudson Library & Historical Society
  • Lakewood Public Library


 ($200,000 - $399,000)

  • Wagnalls Memorial Library

Four Star Libraries

($30,000,000 +)

  • Cleveland Public Library


($10,000,000 - $29,999,999)

  • Akron-Summit County Public Library


($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)

  • Washington-Centerville Public Library


($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)

  • Wickliffe Public Library

($400,000 - $999,999)

  • Brumback Library
  • Habor-Topky Memorial Library


($200,000 - $399,999)

  • Peninsula Library & Historical Society


($100,000 - $199,000)

  • Rock Creek Public Library

Three Star Libraries

 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)

  • Rocky River Public Library
  • Shaker Heights Public Library
  • Twinsburg Public Library


($400,000 - $999,999)

  • New Carlisle Public Library 

($200,000 - $399,999)

  • Centerburg Public Library
  • Fairport Harbor Public Library
  • St. Paris Public Library




November 5, 2014 - Board President Stephen D. Wood recognized for his service by the State Library of Ohio

After six years of service Board President Mr. Stephen D. Wood of Lyndhurst bids farewell to the State Library of Ohio.  Mr. Wood was recognized at the October board meeting with the following resolution:State Librarian Beverly Cain and former State Library Board President Stephen Wood

WHEREAS, Stephen D. Wood has been a member of the State Library Board since 2009 and President of the State Library Board since 2012; and

WHEREAS, throughout his career,  Stephen D. Wood has provided an unparalleled level of professional service to the Ohio library community through his work with the State Library Board, Library Leadership Ohio, the LSTA Advisory Council, OPLIN, the Ohio Library Council, and the Regional Library Systems; and

WHEREAS, Stephen D. Wood helped lead the State Library of Ohio through a period of tremendous change, including budget decreases that impacted not just the State Library, but the entire Ohio library community, shifting legislative priorities, the hiring of a new State Librarian in 2010, and redefining the boundaries of 30 public libraries in order to eliminate double taxation for library services; and

WHEREAS, Stephen D. Wood has contributed in numerous ways to the success of the many programs and services offered by the State Library;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the members of the Board of the State Library of Ohio, meeting in regular session this 30th day of October, 2014, at Columbus, Ohio, express their individual and collective gratitude and appreciation for Stephen D. Wood.

Pictured L to R: State Librarian Beverly Cain and Stephen D. Wood