We did it again! NKCPL earns top rating in 2020 Index

NKCPL has earned 5 stars, a top rating, in Library Journal's 2020 Index of Library Service and Star Library Ratings. This is the 10th year in a row that the Library has earned a star ranking, and NKCPL is one of only seven libraries in Missouri to earn a ranking this year.

To create its Index, the Journal looks at a number of per-capita criteria, including circulation of print and digital items, library visits, program attendance, computer and wifi use, and electronic info retrieval (so database usage, say, versus digital book or magazine checkouts). Eligible libraries are grouped by operating budget and rated based on their differences from the average in the seven categories above. Among its spending peers, NKCPL ranked 7th nationwide, and was one of just ten libraries in its category to earn a 5-star rating. Among the total number of libraries across spending categories who received a ranking this year (only 262, out of more than 5,600 libraries eligible for consideration), NKCPL ranked 21st. NKCPL was the only two Missouri libraries to receive a 5-star rating in this year’s Index.

This year's rankings are based on FY 2018 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Library Survey (PLS), and do not reflect the impact of the coronavirus.

Thank you, NKCPL community, for allowing us to serve you, this year and every year. Your presence and patronage (both online and Curbside in an unprecedented 2020) continues to make NKCPL a vibrant place, and we're grateful to and for you.