Kansas City Public Library Earns Star Library Designation

For Immediate Release:
November 11, 2011
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
Kansas City Public Library Earns Star Library Designation

The Kansas City Public Library has been named one of America's Star Libraries for a third straight year by the trade publication Library Journal, earning four out of a possible five stars for the second time in as many years.

Libraries were assigned to categories based on annual expenditures. The Kansas City Public Library ranked 11th out of more than 100 libraries with annual expenditures of $10 million to $29.9 million.  

Thirty libraries in the Kansas City Public Library's expenditure category earned the Star Library designation. The top 10 were awarded five stars, the second 10 were awarded four stars, and the third 10 were awarded three stars. The Kansas City Public Library finished just 17 points shy of the top 10 and a five star designation.

Kansas City was one of four Missouri libraries to earn the Star Library designation. The Centralia Public Library earned five stars in the $100,000-$199,000 expenditure category. The North Kansas City Public Library earned five stars in the $1,000,000-$4,999,999 expenditure category. The Mid-Continent Library system, earned three stars in the $30,000,000+ expenditure category.

The Library Journal scores public libraries based on data reported to state library agencies and compiled nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The four areas in which libraries are scored are: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public internet computer use.

The Kansas City Public Library again ranked near the top in total visits and public internet terminal use.