Kansas City, MO - For the second year in a row, the Kansas City Public Library has earned a 5-Star designation from the publication Library Journal. The 5-Star designation is the highest a library can receive.
“We are very proud to once again be named a 5-Star Library by the Library Journal,” said Director Crosby Kemper III. “This is both a tribute to our wonderful, dedicated professional staff and to the engaged patrons we serve daily in Kansas City.”
The ratings recognize contributions that public libraries make in their communities, measuring four different areas: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public internet computer use. The Kansas City Public Library is the only 5-Star library in Missouri and one of only 15 in the two largest library categories.
The Library also earned five stars in 2009, 2013, and 2016, and four stars in 2015.
Library Journal has been issuing star rankings since 2009. KCPL is one of only 12 libraries nationwide to earn a star ranking each year. More than 7,400 libraries qualified for the ratings, with 259 earning 3-Star, 4-Star, or 5-Star designations in 2017.