PORTLAND, OR – Recently, the national library publication Library Journal unveiled the results of a new assessment tool for public libraries — and Multnomah County Library was the only library in the Pacific Northwest (and one of only a handful of U.S. libraries of its size) to receive five stars — the highest ranking possible.
According to Director of Libraries Molly Raphael, "We know that in these tough economic times, people need libraries more than ever. While being recognized as one of "America's star libraries" is wonderful, it's really only a reflection of how frequently people in our community turn to their library for the information and resources they need."
The LJ Index of Public Library Services ranks libraries based on four per capita output measures: visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. When compared with other large urban library systems in the U.S., Multnomah County Library was ranked #1 in circulation per capita, an honor the library consistently achieves year after year.