Library Look

You never got lost for an afternoon exploring Wikipedia. There’s nothing grand about a Google search. That’s why public libraries still matter, and this fall the Library Journal gave five Greater Cleveland libraries and systems its highest honor, five stars for excellence in four categories: circulation, program attendance, Internet access and visits. Here’s a brief look at what the five top scorers have to offer.

Library System
Number of Locations
Number of Books
Number of Library Card Holders
Number of Computers
Total Expenditures
Most Frequently Checked-out Title

COUNTYWIDE
Cuyahoga County
28
2,410,195
569,578
679
$72,087,627
Ratatouille
(DVD)
Akron-Summit County
18
1,541,550
334,619
535
$26,800,000
The Contender (DVD)

CITYWIDE
Cleveland Heights-University Heights
4
288,070
42,185
120
$8,019,219
Compulsion, by Jonathan Kellerman
Shaker Heights
2
215,855
30,231
44
$5,331,852
The Appeal, by John Grisham
Wickliffe 1
107,489
10,600
18
$1,314,611
Diary of a
Wimpy Kid,
by Jeff Kinney
Figures based on 2008.
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