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FOR RELEASE on April 15, 2010

Hennen's American Public Library Ratings 2010 published. 


The 2010 version of Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) Web site (haplr-index.com) was re-opened with new data today announced Thomas J. Hennen Jr., its author.  The ratings have been published since 1999.  HAPLR has become widely recognized in the public library world for these ratings and the individual reports

HAPLR identifies the public libraries in America with the highest input and output measures.  Statistics alone cannot define library excellence, of course, but Hennen believes that the ratings numbers are still important.  The HAPLR Index uses six input and nine output measures. The author added the scores for each library within a population category to develop a weighted score.  The population categories change at 1,000, 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, 25,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, and 500,000 residents.  (500 k means over 500,000 population, 250 k means 250,000 to 499,999 population, and so forth.)

The HAPLR Index has a theoretical minimum of 1 and a maximum of 1,000, although most libraries score between 260 and 730.  The HAPLR Index web site site provides a method for obtaining score cards and rating sheets for individual public libraries. It also provides further information on the rating index and other services provided by the author. 

The previous editions all saw extensive media attention.  This edition is expected to receive more attention.

A list of Top Ten Libraries in each category is available at:  http://www.haplr-index.com/HAPLR100.htm 

This is the 10th edition of the HAPLR ratings.  Ten libraries made it into all 10 editions!  They are:

  • Bridgeport Public Library WV

  • Carmel Clay Public Library IN

  • Columbus Metropolitan Library OH

  • Denver Public Library CO

  • Hennepin County Library MN

  • Naperville Public Library IL

  • Saint Charles City-County Library District MO

  • Santa Clara County Library CA

  • Twinsburg Public Library OH

  • Washington-Centerville Public Library

Fifteen libraries made it to the Top Ten list for the first time in 2010. They are:



Loudoun County Public Library


Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library                       


Wayne County Public Library                                 


Champaign Public Library                                    


Westerville Public Library                                  


Algonquin Area Public Library District                      


Elk Grove Village Public Library                            


Burton Public Library                                       


Canal Fulton Public Library                                 


John A Stahl Library                                        


Orange Beach Public Library                                 


Beresford Public Library                                    


Grand Marais Public Library                                 


Rock Creek Public Library                                   


Eagle Public Library                                        


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