Multnomah County Library earns highest “five star” national rating

PORTLAND, Ore. — Nov. 4, 2014 — Multnomah County Library has received the highest rating possible — five stars — in Library Journal’s 2014 Index of Public Library Service, which identifies the top U.S. libraries each year.

In 2014, 258 libraries across the nation earned three, four or five stars based on four per-capita measures: circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet use on library computers. Multnomah County has earned five stars in five out of the seven years Library Journal has published its ratings. The 2014 ratings are based on 2012 data released earlier this year by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Multnomah County Library is one of only five libraries with annual budgets of more than $30 million to receive a five star ranking. The others are Cuyahoga County Public Library, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County and Columbus Metropolitan Library in Ohio and Seattle Public Library in Washington.

"Multnomah County Library is consistently rated as one of the best and busiest libraries in the nation," said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. "People in Multnomah County are highly engaged with their libraries, and we strive to be responsive to their needs in the work we do each day. We are honored to receive this recognition from Library Journal and are grateful to this community for making it possible."

Multnomah County Library is the third-busiest public library in the United States, according to the Public Library Data Service, and has the hardest-working collection of library materials among large libraries in the U.S.