Thee Library Journal, one of the most trusted and respected publications for the library community, has named Provincetown Public Library as the top-ranked library in the United States, using the 2015 LJ Index. This is the second consecutive year the Provincetown Public Library has received the award.
The LJ Index is a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. Scores on the LJ Index are produced by measuring the relationships between each library’s statistics and the averages for its expenditure category. The Provincetown Public Library ranks against all libraries with an expenditure range of $400,000-$999,999. A Five Star Service ranking accompanies the first place award.
The scores and star ratings are drawn from data reported annually by public libraries to their state library agencies and are compiled nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In 2015, the Index also considered involvement in innovative projects as well as the outcomes of such initiatives into the ranking system.
The Provincetown Public Library was originally constructed in 1860 as the Center Methodist Episcopal Church, believed to be the largest church of Methodist denomination in the United States at that time. In 1975, the building received certification to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.