Champaign Library Earns 3-Star Library Award


Champaign’s Star Library  Wins  “All-Time All-Stars” Status in 10-Year Winning Streak
Library Journal Recognizes Top Libraries Across Country

Champaign, IL – For the tenth year in a row, the Champaign Public Library has been named a Star Library by Library Journal. With this year’s star-studded status comes recognition as one of only 69 American libraries to make the “All-Time All-Star” list. Champaign has been recognized every year for ten years as a Star Library.

In the 2017 ratings, 7,409 public libraries in the U.S. qualified to be rated, with 259 Star Libraries receiving three-star, four-star, or five-star designations. Champaign’s three-star rating ranks the library in the top 3.5% of public libraries nationwide. 

The rating system, called the LJ Index of Public Library Service, recognizes public libraries that lead in community engagement. Scores this year were based on fiscal year 2015 per-capita numbers, including items checked out, ebook circulation, library visits, event attendance, and use of public computers at the library. Champaign library cardholders enjoy free access to more than 200,000 ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, and 150 magazines, including The Economist and The New Yorker. Find details at

“An award like this one is a reflection of our community’s involvement and high level of commitment. Champaign values and actively supports having a vital public library. We are a place for everyone. On any given day, you can find people of every age — from infants through seniors — engaged in activities throughout the library. You see the community represented here every hour of every day,” said Library Director Donna Pittman. ”Every day we welcome 2,200 people to check out books, listen to live music, get tech help, enjoy art exhibitions, collaborate with business associates, and share a love of reading with their children. And our staff offers outstanding customer service to all. Our Star Library gives this diverse community a place to call home.”

Only 22 libraries in Illinois received a star rating. Find details about the 2017  ratings on the Library Journal website at

Library Journal is an industry-leading trade publication for librarians, founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal system.

About the Champaign Public Library: Serving as a vital community center welcoming every member of our community, the Champaign Public Library ranks in the top 3% of public libraries nationwide, and earns a three-star rating from Library Journal.                                            

The Champaign Public Library offers books, movies, reading contests, live music, and so much more — all to spark a joy of reading, especially in children. The Library supports the essential role of reading for success in life and work, the need for easy and equal access to lifelong learning, and the value of enriching and inspiring experiences. Learn more about the Library at


For more information:

Donna Pittman
Library Director
Champaign Public Library
(217) 403-2040

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