Six of the state's public libraries were ranked and listed as Star Libraries on the 2020 Library Journal Index (LJI) of Public Library Service. Alabama's Star Libraries for 2020 are as follows:
Five-star: Flomaton Public Library, Rogersville Public Library, City of Bayou La Batre Public Library
Four-star: Homewood Public Library
Three-star: Marjorie Younce Snook Public Library (Summerdale), Hoover Public Library
Alabama placed more public libraries on Library Journal's 2020 Index than any other state in the American Southeast.
Published annually, the LJI compares U.S. libraries with their peers based on per capita output measures. Rankings of three, four, and five stars are awarded to public libraries that generate the highest output per capita among their peers.
Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the field of library service, with more than 100,000 readers. The LJI ranking system was first introduced in 2008 to recognize and promote America’s public libraries, improve nationally collected library statistics, and encourage public library self-evaluation. For more information about the Index, visit https://www.libraryjournal.com/.