AGAIN!! Naperville Public Library Again Earns a #1 National Ranking

For an unprecedented 10th year in a row, the Naperville Public Library was again ranked #1 in the nation-wide scorecard issued this week by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings. Almost 8,000 libraries across the nation were part of this ranking.  Only 10 libraries across America have made it into all 10 editions, and Naperville is only one to earn a rank of #1 in all 10 editions. 

The rankings focus on busyness and library efficiency.  Libraries that have low costs per item checked out, high number of visits per capita, and high number of check-outs per staff member receive higher rankings. Hennen’s American Public Library Rating Index (HAPLR) includes a weighting of 15 different factors. 

The 2010 edition of HAPLR ratings is based on data published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services  (IMLS) in 2009.  The data cover reports from libraries that were filed in 2008, primarily on 2007 activities. Naperville’s #1 ranking is in the 100,000 to 250,000 population category. 

“This is such a singular achievement!,” explains Donna Dziedzic, Executive Director, Naperville (IL) Public Library. “We are the only library that has been number 1 in its population category for each year the ratings have been published.  The data used for this edition of the index is from 2007, the year before the Library achieved sufficient efficiencies to begin reducing its tax rate in 2008.  Because of the economic downturn, significant reductions in the Library budget began in 2010.  It will be interesting to see the long term effect of the reductions on the ranking as well as on our ability to continue providing quality library service to our residents.” 

The Naperville Public Library operates three full-service facilities, the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr., and the Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd.   

From May 2009 to March 2010, NPL checked out more than 4.6 million items. (4,611,990 exactly)  During that same period there were more than 1.7 million visits to our website.  (1,780,925 sessions)