Lincoln Library gets national recognition
Receives lone five-star rating for state
December 02, 2009
LINCOLN—The Lincoln Library has been recognized by the Library Journal as a five-star library, the only library in the state to receive such recognition.
Librarian Carol Riley said this was the second time the library had received such recognition from the Library Journal, which looked at 7,000 libraries around the United States.
To get the rating, the journal looked at libraries within a certain budget range and compared certain criteria. In Lincoln's case, it was compared to libraries in the budget range of $50,000 to $99,000. The four per capita based criteria were, circulation; visits; program attendance; and public Internet use.
"It has to do with the use of the library and our budget," Riley, who has been the librarian for 11 years, said. "The community really supports this library."
Riley also said the rating shows the increased use of the library in the last 10 years. As people cut back on Internet access and buy fewer books they rely on the library more, she said.
"It's a sign of the economy," Riley said. "More people are checking out books and researching jobs. Library use goes up in a bad economy."
About 50 patrons a day use the library, which is open 44 hours, six days a week, noon to 8.p.m Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
The library, which Riley described as "very much a community library," just celebrated its 100th anniversary. A new meeting room addition was recently added on to the building, which will be put to use as soon as a policy is put into place.
Because it is a community library, people often stop in to see who is there, Riley said. It is also very much a cultural center, with programs put on by the Friends of the Library about once a month.
"This has brought lots of people to the library who might not have known about us or what we had to offer," Riley said.